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

“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)

Resurrection

Christ is risen from the dead * trampling down Death by death, * and upon those in the tombs bestowing life! (Troparion)

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

Although You descended into the tomb, O Immortal One, * You destroyed the power of Hades; * You arose as the victor, O Christ God, * proclaiming to the myrrh-bearing women: “Rejoice!” * And granting peace to Your Apostles, * O, You, Who gives resurrection to the fallen. (Kontakion)

Random Proverb

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. (Proverbs 3:9,10 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

It was said about John the Little that one day he said to his older brother: "I want to be free from care and not to work but to worship God without interruption." And he took his robe off, and went into the desert. After staying there one week, he returned to his brother. And when he knocked at the door, his brother asked without opening it: "Who is it?" He replied: "It's John, your brother." The brother said: "John has become an angel and is not among people anymore." Then he begged and said: "It's me!" But his brother did not open the door and left him there in distress until the next morning. And he finally opened the door and said: "If you are a human being, you have to work again in order to live." Then John repented, saying: "Forgive me, brother, for I was wrong."

Sayings of the Desert Fathers