18.04.2007, [18:47] // UGCC //www.risu.org.ua

Ternopil – On 14 April 2007 in western Ukrainian Zarvanytsia, the Committee of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) on Lay Issues conducted its first extended meeting. Discussed were issues of more coordinated cooperation, exchange of experience, the organization and conduct of projects, and the missionary work of lay organizations and individual laypeople was reviewed.

During the session the committee suggested the idea of conducting the Second Lay Congress of the UGCC under the title “My Part in the Life of Parish, Church and Nation” in 2008 in two stages: general Ukrainian first and then eparchial.

Also, the participants of the meeting worked on a handbook about the organization of lay life in the parish and started to discuss and prepare the round-table discussions “The role of Christian churches in building civil society” and “Business and morals: Social stereotypes and the church’s vision,” to be held in Kyiv.

The members of the committee and the heads of eparchial committees on lay issues from the Ternopil-Zboriv, Sokal, Buchach, Kolomyia-Chernivtsi, and Lviv eparchies participated in the session.

Source:

• http://www.ugcc.org.ua/ukr/news/article;5049/

Teachings of Christ

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’" (Matthew 7:21-23 ESV)

Pentecost

Blessed are You, O Christ our God, * Who has shown the fishermen to be all wise, * by sending down to them the Holy Spirit, * and through them You have caught the whole world in Your net. * O Lover of Mankind, glory to You. (Troparion - Tone 8)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

When the Most High descended, confusing tongues, * He divided the nations; * but when He distributed the tongues of fire, * He called all to unity; * and, with one voice, * we glorify the Most Holy Spirit. (Kontakion - Tone 8)

Saints and Martyrs

Adorned with the blood of Your Martyrs throughout the world, * as with purple and fine linen, * Your Church cries out to You through them: * "Send down Your compassions upon Your people. * Grant peace to Your commonwealth and great mercy to our souls." (Troparion - Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

As the first-fruits of nature to the Planter of Creation, * the whole world offers to You, O Lord, the God-bearing martyrs. * Through their prayers and the intercession of the Mother of God * preserve Your commonwealth, the Church, in profound peace, O Most Merciful One. (Kontakion - Tone 8)

Random Proverb

"Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her." (Proverbs 8:10,11 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

We honor the relics of the martyrs, that we may adore Him whose martyrs they are. We honor the servants that their honor may be reflected upon their Lord who Himself says: "He that receives you receives me."

St. Jerome, Epistle 109:1, NPNF II, 6:212