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

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40 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)


Today is the fountainhead of our salvation, * and the revelation of an eternal mystery: * The Son of God becomes the Son of a Virgin, * and Gabriel announces the good news of grace. * Therefore, let us also cry with him to the Mother of God: * "Rejoice, O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you!” (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.

To you, O Mother of God, our leader and defender, * we, your servants, delivered from calamity, offer hymns of victory and thanksgiving. * So you, who have invincible might, * set us free from every peril * that we may cry to you: * "Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!" (Kontakion, Tone 8)

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

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