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Prayer for Ukrainian Families

PRAYER BY METROPOLITAN ANDREY SHEPTYTSKY FOR FAMILIES

Great God, O God of our Fathers!

Grant to our nation many good and holy Christian families.

Give us fathers who will loudly and openly confess your holy Gospel and be in Your service.

Give us fathers who will be a good example of Christian life for their children, true protectors and good leaders in life.

Grant us mothers who will be capable of bringing up their children in a Christian way, and a help and joy as well as good advisors for their husbands.

Grant us children who will be the pride and joy of their parents and the splendour of their nation. Almighty God, bless us.

Grant us the grace to faithfully serve You and one day to be granted the eternal reward in heaven. For You are a good and loving God, and we give glory to You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and forever and ever.


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Prayer for Clergy

PRAYER OF THE SERVANT OF GOD

METROPOLITAN ANDREY SHEPTYTSKY

FOR GOOD UKRAINIAN CLERGY,

Lord, O Lord, look down from heaven and visit the vineyard which was planted by Your hand.

May Your all-powerful hand be always on this people which You have loved. Give it, Eternal God, in every generation, until the end of the world, holy bishops and priests, filled with Your Spirit — pastors and teachers of Your law, who would be able unchanging to keep the truth of Your holy revelation and with love to teach and to lead this great people.

Grant to the Ukrainian clergy the grace to be never afraid of sacrifice, where the only matter is Your glory and the good of this people.

Set on fire in the hearts of Ukrainian priests the spirit of zealousness for the salvation of souls. Open before their eyes the wisdom of Your revelation and give them high feeling for the holiness of those things to which you called them. Bless their work and their intentions. Protect them from every misfortune. And unite them with Your blessings, so that in love they be one – as you, Father with Your Son and the Son with You.     Amen.


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Prayer for Divine Wisdom

he Prayer of the Servant of God Metropolitan Andrey  for Divine Wisdom

O Great and Almighty God, send down upon me from Your high and holy heavens and from the throne of Your holy glory, Your holy wisdom, that sits at Your side.

Grant me the wisdom of Your good pleasure so that in my life I may know how to desire fervently, seek wisely, acknowledge in truth and fulfill perfectly that which is pleasing to You, to the glory and honour of You holy Name, “to the praise of the glory of Your grace.”

Grant me, O God, the wisdom of my state, so that I may do what You desire; grant that I may understand my obligations, grant me the wisdom of my duties, and grant that I may do them as they ought to be done and as is fitting of Your glory and for the benefit of my soul.

Grant me the wisdom of Your ways and the wisdom to walk the paths of Your holy will.

Grant me the wisdom of success and failure so that I would know how not to exalt myself in the former and not to be downcast in the latter.

Grant me the wisdom of joy and the wisdom of sadness; may I rejoice only in that which leads to You and be sad only in that which separates from You.

Grant me the wisdom of everything that passes and everything that lasts; may the first decrease in my sight, and the second grow.

Grant me the wisdom of work and the wisdom of rest; may work for You be luxury for me, and rest without You – fatigue.

Grant me the wisdom of a sincere and straight-forward intention, the wisdom of simplicity, the wisdom of sincerity. May my heart turn to You and seek You in all things all my life long.

Grant me the wisdom of obedience for Your law, for Your Church.

Grant me the wisdom of poverty, so that I would never value goods in any other way except according to their real worth.

Grant me the wisdom of chastity according to my state and vocation.

Grant me the wisdom of patience, the wisdom of humility, the wisdom of gladness and seriousness, the wisdom of the fear of the Lord; the wisdom of truthfulness and of good deeds; may I be patient with no complaining, humble without the least pretending, joyful without inordinate laughter, serious without severity; that I may fear You without the temptation to despair; that I may be truthful without the shadow of duplicity; may all my good deeds be free from self-complacence.

Grant me the wisdom to admonish my neighbour when necessary without exalting myself; grant that I may edify in word and deed without hypocrisy.

Grant me, O Lord, the wisdom of vigilance, attention and wariness; may no vain thought lead me astray.

Grant me the wisdom of nobleness; may I never be brought down by any impure and unworthy attachment.

Grant me the wisdom of what is right; may no selfish intention ever lead me away from the path of my duties.

Grant me the wisdom of courage and strength; may no storm overthrow me.

Grant me the wisdom of freedom; may no powerful passion ever enslave me.

Grant me the wisdom of the theological virtues and the moral virtues: faith, hope, love, prudence, devotion, temperance and fortitude.

Grant me, O Lord, the wisdom of the apostles, the wisdom of the martyrs; grant me a priestly and pastoral wisdom; grant me the wisdom of preachers and teachers; grant me the wisdom of those who administer the Holy Mysteries; grant me the Eucharistic wisdom and mystical wisdom – the wisdom of prayer and spiritual wisdom, and above all, O Lord, grant me the wisdom of sincere repentance, imperfect and perfect contrition; grant me the wisdom of to know myself in my weakness and malice; grant me the wisdom of mortification and fasting; grant me the wisdom of self-denial and self-sacrifice; grant me the wisdom of sacrifice, the wisdom of the Cross, the wisdom of Blood.

O God, grant me, finally, that wisdom which, in accord with Your holy purpose, leads to the unity of churches under one supreme pastor, the Universal Pontiff; grant me the wisdom to cherish the work of holy unity, to love it and to consecrate my life to it.

Grant me the wisdom of our Eastern rite, to hold it, to renew it and develop it. Grant me the wisdom of the Fathers of the holy Eastern Church and all the great ecclesiastical teachers.

Grant me the wisdom of Your great apostle, Paul, so that I would at least well understand his epistles, remember them and know how to explain them to Your people.

Grant me the wisdom of Your first Vicar that I may understand the designs of Your Divine Providence, which governs the Church through the Roman Pontiffs; grant me the wisdom of obedience to them and to the Universal Catholic Church; grant me the wisdom of church history and theology; grant me the wisdom that I and my people lack; grant me the wisdom of true satisfaction, true happiness. Amen.


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Immoveable Feasts

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Feasts/Holy Days

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Twelve Great Feasts

The following feasts are listed here to remind us of our obligation to gather with the Church and to foster means of spiritual growth and conversion.
Pascha (Easter)  – The Resurrection of our Lord, Holy Pascha (“Passov er”), is the greatest feast of the Church. It is the centre of the
liturgical year.

The Twelve Great Feasts

There are eight great feasts in honor of our Lord and four great feasts in honor of His Mother. Together, they are called “The Twelve Great Feasts
.” The immovable cycle of the liturgical year begins September 1.
  1. September 8   –   The Nativity of the Mother of God
  2. September 14   – The Universal Exaltation of the Precious Cross
  3. November 21   – The Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple
  4. December 25   –  The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Christmas)
  5. January 6         –  Theophany (The Baptism of Our Lord in the River Jordan and the Manifestation of the Trinity)
  6. February 2       –  The Encounter of the Lord in the Temple
  7. March 25         –  The Annunciation to Mary
  8. Palm Sunday  –  Entry into Jerusalem (The Sunday before Pascha)
  9. Ascension        – The Ascension of the Lord (Forty days after Pascha)
  10. Pentecost        – The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Fifty days after Pascha)
  11. August 6         – The Transfiguration of Our Lord
  12. August 15       – The Dormition (Falling Asleep) of the Mother of God

Holy Days of Obligation

While the tradition of the Eastern Churches stresses the importance of the Twelve Great Feasts, the following are those holy days that constitute a kind of “minimum” for Eastern Catholics. Canon 880 par. 3 of the Code of Canons of the Eastern (Catholic) Churches states: Holy days of obligation common to all
the Eastern Churches, beyond  Sundays, are:
  • December 25    – The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ
  • January 6          – Theophany of our Lord
  • Ascension          – The Ascension of our Lord
  • June 29              – The Feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul
  • August 25          – The Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God
Source: The Divine Liturgy: An Anthology for Worship. Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, Ottawa, 2004, pp.18\ -19.

Calendar

  • May 21, 2017
    6th Sunday of Pascha: Sunday of the Man Born Blind; Holy Great Rulers Constantine (337) and Helen (330), Equals-to-the-Apostles; Acts 16:16-34; Acts 26:1-5, 12-20; John 9:1-38; John 10:1-8

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  • May 22, 2017
    The Holy Martyr Basiliscus (286-305); Acts 17:1-15; John 11:47-57

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  • May 23, 2017
    Our Venerable Father and Confessor Michael, Bishop of Synada (826); Venerable Euphrosyne of Polotsk, Hegumena of the Monastery of the Holy Saviour (1173); Acts 17:19-28; John 12:19-36

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  • May 24, 2017
    Leave-taking of Pascha; Venerable Father Simeon of the “Mountain of Wonders”; Acts 18:22-28; John 12:36-47

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  • May 25, 2017
    Ascension of Our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ; Third Finding of the Precious Head of the Holy, Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John; Passing into Eternal Life (1951) of Blessed Mykola (Nicholas) Tsehelsky, Priest and Martyr; Acts 1:1-12; Luke 24:36-53

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  • May 26, 2017
    Post-feast of the Ascension; The Holy Apostle Carpus, One of the Seventy Disciples; Acts 19:1-8; John 14:1-11

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  • May 27, 2017
    Post-feast of the Ascension; The Holy Priest-Martyr Therapontus (254-59); Acts 20:7-12; John 14:10-21

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