Deisis (Novogorod)

Head of Church during the meeting with superiors of monastic orders of UGCC: “UGCC Monasticism is young and dynamic”

ugcc.org.ua - This year has not been easy, since it is another year of war. However, it was a year of a dynamic development of our Church. Monasticism reacts quickly to challenges our Church is facing today. It guides our Church in a spiritual way.

The Head and Father of UGCC His Beatitude Sviatoslav said 22 of December during an annual meeting with superiors and provincial superiors of monastic orders of UGCC.

According to Major Archbishop, development of the Church is impossible without spiritual guidance and spiritual growth. “Monasticism is a strength of our Church, lugs with what it breathes. Monks ought to say their word about a development of our Church, especially when it comes to mission challenges”. So, the participants of the meeting were discussing the development of UGCC in Central, South and East Ukraine in terms of evangelization and supporting those who suffer from war. “God will bless us as our monasticism is young and dynamic”. His Beatitude Sviatoslav said.

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Teachings of Christ

“Whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:33 ESV)

Transfiguration

You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, * showing Your glory to Your Disciples as far as they were able to bear it. * Through the prayers of the Mother of God, * let Your everlasting Light shine also upon us sinners. * O Giver of Light, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 7)

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

Upon the mountain You were transfigured, O Christ God, * and Your Disciples beheld Your glory as far as they could receive it, * so that when they would see You crucified, * they would understand that You suffered willingly; * and they would preach to the world * that You are truly the radiance of the Father. (Kontakion, Tone 7)

Dormition

O Mother of God, in giving birth you preserved virginity; * and in falling asleep you did not forsake the world. * You are the Mother of Life and have been transferred to life, * and through your prayers you deliver our souls from death. (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.

Neither the tomb nor death could detain the Mother of God, * who is unsleeping in her prayers and our unfailing hope in her intercession; * for He Who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb, * transferred to Life the Mother of Life. (Kontakion - Tone 2)

Random Proverb

"The wage of the righteous leads to life, the gain of the wicked to sin." (Proverbs 10:10 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Adam, God's first-formed man, transgressed: could He [God] not at once have brought death upon him? But see what the Lord does, in His great love towards man. He casts him out from Paradise, for because of sin he was unworthy to live there; but He puts him to dwell over against Paradise: that seeing whence he had fallen, and from what and into what a state he was brought down, he might afterwards be saved by repentance.

St. Cyril of Jerusalem (Catechetical Lectures: Lecture 2 no. 7)