risu.org.ua - On April 2, 2017, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church held a solemn liturgy to mark the 40th anniversary of episcopal ordination of Archbishop Emeritus Lubomyr (Husar) at the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection. It was reported by the Information Department of the UGCC.

In his thanksgiving speech, the hero of the day voiced two requests to the clergy and faithful ...

“Today we commemorate the event, which happened exactly 40 years ago in the monastery church of Saint Theodore Studite in Grottaferrata near Rome. Patriarch Iosyp ordained three bishops: Bishop Stepan (Chmil), Bishop Ivan (Khoma) and me. This event is often referred to recently. This event was due to the concern for the existence of our Church in Ukraine and abroad. Patriarch Iosyp was afraid that the brutal persecution of the Church can cause great damage. So he dared to make such a very special step.”

“I would like to remind something from that past and ask you about something,” His Beatitude said. “Somehow, by God's providence it happened so that only I survivedout of those present at the monastery church. I feel the duty to extend special gratitude to all those present for the holy prayers, because today they remembered in a special manner while that time and those experiences. But it would be very little, if I asked for prayers only those present in Grottaferrata in the monastery church. I want to ask you very warmly that you remembered hundreds of thousands of people in your prayers who are also worried about the problem of our Church’s being. Because thanks to the ones who had such a sacrificialreadiness to carry the burden of persecution because of their fidelity to the holy Church, our Church exists today,” said the hero of the day.

Archbishop Emeritus continued, “This is my second request for you. The days of atrocious persecution are gone, but we always face the same mission, the same care to our Church, in the full sense of the word, was that very church where they love the Lord God, where they are willing to serve sacrificially to each other. My request to you on behalf of my brothers from the past, I ask you to pray and work so our Church could develop, live and in this way glorify God and serve our people!”


Teachings of Christ

“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32 ESV)

Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of despondency, carelessness, love of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)

Rather grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humility, patience, and love. (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not condemn my brother; for You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)

Random Proverb

"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom." (Proverbs 11:2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Our distresses are notorious, even though we leave them untold, for now their sound has gone out into all the world. The doctrines of the Fathers are despised; apostolic traditions are set at nought; the devices of innovators are in vogue in the Churches; now men are rather contrivers of cunning systems than theologians; the wisdom of this world wins the highest prizes and has rejected the glory of the cross. Shepherds are banished, and in their places are introduced grievous wolves hurrying the flock of Christ. Houses of prayer have none to assemble in them; desert places are full of lamenting crowds. The elders lament when they compare the present with the past. The younger are yet more to be compassionated, for they do not know of what they have been deprived. All this is enough to stir the pity of men who have learnt the love of Christ; but, compared with the actual state of things, words fall very far short....

Saint Basil the Great
(Letter 90)