New York - On Saturday, November 12, 2016 – Hundreds of Ukrainians, guests and supporters gathered, at Manhattan’s iconic St. Patrick Cathedral for an ecumenical requiem service and commemorative program dedicated to the memory of Ukraine’s Holodomor, Stalin’s genocide of millions of Ukrainians in 1932-1933.

As has become tradition, the requiem service was led by His Eminence Metropolitan Antony of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A., along with Bishop Paul Chomnycky and Bishop Emeritus Basil Losten of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, with the participation of the Dumka Chorus of New York, under the direction of Vasyl Hrechynsky.

Bishop Paul Chomnycky was the first to address the attendees, explaining in brief the context of the ceremony to the cathedral’s many visitors. He was then joined by present Hierarchs in leading the traditional Panahyda.

Following the requiem service, the assembled were addressed by Andrij Futey, president of the UCCA, Valeriy Chaly, ambassador of Ukraine to the U.S., ambassador Volodymyr Yelchenko, permanent representative of Ukraine to the United Nations, Senator Charles Shumer who represents the state of New York in the US Senate.

Concluded the program His Eminence Metropolitan Antony with word of sincere gratitude to all present Hierarchs, Clergy, Guest Speakers and the faithful. A special gratitude went to Archbishop Timothy Dolan for graciously allowing the Ukrainian community to once again commemorate the Holodomor at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

The Dumka Chorus then led the faithful in an uplifting rendition of the hymn “Prayer for Ukraine.”

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Teachings of Christ

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40 ESV)

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

"He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself." (Proverbs 6:32 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The Holy Eucharist is the first, most important, and greatest miracle of Christ. All the other Gospel miracles are secondary. How could we not call the greatest miracle the fact that simple bread and wine were once transformed by the Lord into His very Body and His very Blood, and then have continued to be transformed for nearly two thousand years by the prayers of priests, who are but simple human beings? And what is more, this mystery has continued to effect a miraculous change in those people who communicate of the Divine Mysteries with faith and humility. 

St. Ambrose of Optina