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)

Encounter

Rejoice, O Mother of God, Virgin full of grace. * From you has risen the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, * shining upon those who are in darkness. * Rejoice also, you righteous Elder; * for you received in your arms the Deliverer of our souls, * Who has given us resurrection. (Troparion, Tone 1)

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

O Christ God, through Your birth You sanctified the Virgin's womb; * and blessed, as it was proper, the hands of Simeon. * Now, having come, you saved us. * Give peace to Your commonwealth in times of war * and strengthen our civil authorities, whom You have loved, O You who alone loves mankind. (Kontakion, Tone 1)

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

We see the water of a river flowing uninterruptedly and passing away, and all that floats on its surface, rubbish or beams of trees, all pass by. Christian! So does our life. . . I was an infant, and that time has gone. I was an adolescent, and that too has passed. I was a young man, and that too is far behind me. The strong and mature man that I was is no more. My hair turns white, I succumb to age, but that too passes; I approach the end and will go the way of all flesh. I was born in order to die. I die that I may live. Remember me, O Lord, in Thy Kingdom!

St. Tikhon of Voronezh