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

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12 ESV)

Joachiam and Anna Rejoice

Today the bonds of childlessness are loosed, * for God has heard Joachim and Anna * and He promises manifestly that they, against all hope, would give birth to the Maiden of God * from whom the Uncircumscribed One Himself would be born, becoming man, * and he commanded the Angels to cry out to her: * “Rejoice, O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you!” (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.

Today the whole world celebrates * the conception of Anne which was brought about by God, * for she gave birth to the one who, beyond understanding, * gave birth to the Word. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

Saint Nicholas of Myra

The truth of your deeds has revealed you to your flock, * as a rule of faith, an image of meekness, and a teacher of abstinence. * Therefore, you attained the heights through humility, * and riches through poverty. * O Father and Hierarch Nicholas, * pray to Christ God that our souls may be saved. (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.

In Myra, You were shown to be a servant of the sacred things, O Holy Nicholas, * for, fulfilling the Gospel of Christ, you, O Venerable, laid down your life for your people, * and saved the innocent from death. * Therefore, you were sanctified as a great initiate of the grace of God. (Kontakion, Tone 3)

Random Proverb

"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom." (Proverbs 11:2 ESV)

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The soul that really loves God and Christ, though it may do ten thousand righteousnesses, esteems itself as having wrought nothing, by reason of its insatiable aspiration after God. Though it should exhaust the body with fastings, with watchings, its attitude towards the virtues is as if it had not yet even begun to labour for them.

St. Macarius the Great