Uniontown PilgrimageBy Frances Borsodi Zajac This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Uniontown, PA - Preparations are nearly complete for the 83rd annual pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, to be held Saturday and Sunday at Mount St. Macrina, just west of Uniontown along Route 40.

“A lot of things can’t be done until the last minute,’’ explained Sister Ruth Plante, provincial of the Byzantine Catholic Sisters of St. Basil, who hosts the event.

Volunteers and staff this past week have been preparing the outdoor sound systems, readying to place benches and to do food set up. People have been donating their time throughout the summer.

“We couldn’t do it without all the volunteers,’’ said Plante, noting they paint, weed and make beds. “During the course of preparation and the pilgrimage, over 200 people help in some way. If it wasn’t for their help, we wouldn’t be able to do it.’’

 

Volunteers are found among local residents and those who travel from out of state.

Byzantine Catholic churches in the district include St. Nicholas, Brownsville; Holy Ghost, Charleroi; St. Michael the Archangel, Donora; St. Stephen, Leisenring; St. Mary of the Assumption, Monessen; St. Mary Assumption, New Salem; St. Nicholas, Perryopolis; St. John the Baptist, Scottdale and St. John the Baptist, Uniontown as well as Holy Protection of the Mother of God in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Members of these churches and local communities are expected to be at Mount St. Macrina this weekend as well as pilgrims from as far away as Arizona and California.

Plante said, “I’m moved by the sacrifice they make to be at the pilgrimage. They say they can’t imagine not being here.’’

The largest and oldest Byzantine Catholic pilgrimage in the nation is conducted under the patronage of the Byzantine Catholic Metropolitan Church of Pittsburgh.

Bishops who will participate include Archbishop William C. Skurla of the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh, Bishop Kurt Burnette of Passaic, New Jersey; Bishop John Pazak of Phoenix, Arizona; Bishop Milan Lach, apostolic administrator of Parma, Ohio; Bishop John M. Kudrick, bishop emeritus of Parma, and Bishop Gerald N. Dino, bishop emeritus of Phoenix.

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Teachings of Christ

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Your Nativity, O Christ our God, * has dawned upon the world the light of knowledge. * for through it, those who served the stars * were taught by a star to worship You, the Sun of Righteousness * and to know You, the Dawn from on high. * Glory to You, O Lord! (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.

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Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

[The Lord] is always knocking at the doors of our hearts, that we may open to Him, that He may enter in and rest in Our souls, and we may wash and anoint His feet, and He may make His abode with us. The Lord in that passage reproaches the man who did not wash His feet (Luke 7:44); and again He says elsewhere, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock, if any man will open unto Me, I shall come in unto him" (Rev. 3:20). To this end He endured to suffer many things, giving His own body unto death, and purchasing us out of bondage, in order that He might come to our soul and make His abode with it.. ..His food and His drink, His clothing and shelter and rest is in our souls. Therefore He is always knocking, desiring to enter into us.. Let us then receive Him, and bring Him within ourselves; because He is our food and our drink and our eternal life, and every soul that has not now received Him within and given Him rest, or rather found rest in Him, has no inheritance in the kingdom of heaven with the saints, and cannot enter into the heavenly city.. But Thou, Lord Jesus Christ, bring us thereunto, glorifying Thy name, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, for ever. Amen

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