risu.org.org - On Sunday, September 3, the Synod of Bishops of the UGCC will solemnly begin. These days, the hierarchs of the UGCC from all over the world will come to Ukraine. The main theme of the Synod will be the “Prayer”. The Synod will last for ten days.

This was announced by the Head of the UGCC His Beatitude Sviatoslav on August 27 at the end of the Bishops' Divine Liturgy at the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ.

“The main request we are willing to express at this Synod is the words of the apostles to Jesus Christ: “Lord, Teacher, teach us to pray”" We also seek to ask you and yourself about how we pray, whether we are able to pray, or whether prayer is the breath of our souls? I ask you to pray for this Synod! We need so that the Synod was not a matter of a group of bishops. For it is a universal church event, a great event of the whole Church,” called the head of the church has called on the believers.

According to His Beatitude Sviatoslav, at the beginning of the Synod, next Sunday, a new bishop born in Lviv will be ordained in Lviv, who is appointed as a bishop of the Philadelphia Archdiocese of the UGCC in the United States.

“Therefore, we ask you to remember the new bishop of our Church, bishop-nominee Andriy, in your prayers,” Head of the Church said. It was reported by the Department of Information of the UGCC.

As reported, on August 8, 2017, the Holy Father blessed the decision of the Synod of Bishops of the UGCC to appoint Father Andriy Rabia, the protosynclael of the Philadelphia Archdiocese of the UGCC in the United States, the Assistant Bishop of this archdiocese, giving him the titular seat of Germaniciana.


Teachings of Christ

“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26 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

"The woman Folly is loud; she is seductive and knows nothing." (Proverbs 9:13 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

No one has to be embarrassed over his sinful state. ‘There is no man who, while living, does not sin,’ and the more sinful the man, the stronger will be God’s help in leading him out of his sinful mire. But the help of God comes only when the sinner repents with heartfelt contrition and has the will to reform. Not seeing in himself enough strength of soul to break away from sinful deeds, he asks for God’s help. This is where the mercy of God, Who does not wish the death of the sinner but wants him to be converted and live, is often evident.… If the voice of conscience awakens in us a feeling of remorse or repentance, then we must pray fervently to the Guardian Angel of our human existence that he may keep us from corrupt downfalls and help us ‘serve God with fear and trembling.’

Elder Macarius of Optina