ugcc.org.ua - Your presence demonstrates that resurrection of catholic education isn’t a case of Church merely. It’s a festivity and joy of the Universal Church entirely. His Holiness Pope Francis, who during this war has called UGCC “his favourite daughter” many times, rejoices together with us. And you affirm it always through your servicing.

Head and Father of UGCC His Beatitude Sviatoslav said, addressing to Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, Apostolic nuncio to Ukraine after the Divine Liturgy at Dominican Church in Lviv, January 28. The Liturgy was celebrated on occasion of 25th anniversary of establishing the first Greek catholic school in Ukraine – Sheptytsky Gymnasium.

His Beatitude Sviatoslav expressed his gratitude for “Pope Francis’s support of people who suffer in Ukraine”. “You, being his messenger, reach even those places, which our bishops cannot reach, so to fulfil their pastoral service. Parishes of Lugansk and Donetsk which we are obliged to care for, have finally been reached with a hand of Church owing to your visits”, His Beatitude Sviatoslav said.

Further on Head of Church thanking Apostolic nuncio, added: “We bring a testimony of son’s love and devotedness to His Holiness Pope Francis, a unity sealed by blood of our martyrs and confessors of our Church in XX century. Believe me, neither political affairs nor geopolitical game of the unity would ever be able to break it. So may God bless you in your mission, sending His Holy Spirit upon you”.

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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)

Theophany

When You were baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed, * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You His “beloved Son”, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of these words. * O Christ God, * Who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You! (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.

You have appeared to the whole world today, * and Your light, O Lord, is signed upon us, * who with knowledge sing praise to You: * "You have come, and You have appeared, O Unapproachable Light." (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Random Proverb

"Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you." (Proverbs 3:28 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Let not us who would be Christians expect anything else than to be crucified....for to be Christian is to be crucified in this time and in any time since Christ came for the first time. His life is the example and warning to us all. We must be crucified personally,mystically; for trough crucifixion is the only path to resurrection, if we would rise with Christ, we must be humbled with him even to the ultimate humiliation, being devoured and spit forth by the uncomprehending world.... We must be crucified outwardly in the eyes of the world, for Christ's kingdom is not of this world and world cannot bear it, even a single representative, even for the single moment.

Fr Seraphim Rose