risu.org.ua - The Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is planning to adopt the new Charter of the Synod. This was stated by Archbishop and Metropolitan Yevgeny (Popovich of Przemysl and Warsaw, Head of the Canonical Department of the UGCC in an interview with the Department of Information of the UGCC).

The head of the Canonical Department said that of the past year the Synod set the task to his department to supplement the legislative framework with new legal acts.

“I hope that this year we will adopt a very large legal act, which is the Charter of the Synod of Bishops of the UGCC. The Synod is the largest legislative body in our Church. And the charter to be adopted will regulate all the nuances of the Synod of Bishops, including the choice of the Patriarch, filing for the episcopal office, formation of new dioceses ... It is the basic law of the Synod and the Church, as the Synod represents the whole Church,” the Bishop said.

According to him, so far the Synod also acted and is acting under the Charter, which was adopted immediately after the Church came out from the underground. “However, the Metropolitan stressed, “the life, circumstances, and even the Church are changing. Therefore, the time has come for a more comprehensive Charter. At the beginning there were eight hierarchs. And today there are fifty. We had several hundred priests, and today they are several thousand. This is proof of the development of our Church. The structure of the Church also expanded ... We needed a law that would meet the needs of the time.”


Teachings of Christ

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." (Matthew 5:6 ESV)

Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple

Today is the prelude of the goodwill of God * and the heralding of the salvation of mankind; * the Virgin appears clearly in the temple of God * and foretells Christ to all. * Let us also with a mighty voice cry out to her: * “Rejoice, O Fulfillment of the Creator’s divine plan.” (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.

The most pure Temple of the Savior, * the most precious Bridal-Chamber and Virgin, the sacred Treasury of the glory of God, * is brought today into the house of the Lord, * bringing with her the grace that is in the Divine Spirit. * The angels of God praise her in song: * “She is the heavenly tabernacle.” (Kontakion - Tone 4)

(November 21st)

Random Proverb

"My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you." (Proverbs 3:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The work of prayer belongs to the angels, and is, therefore, the special concern of the Church. Every other work, i.e., charity, nursing the brethren, visiting the sick, caring for prisoners, releasing captives, and other similar things, is done by the brethren in love and offered by them to God. Similarly, poverty, fasting, sleeping on the ground, prostrations, vigils, etc., are good and like a sacrifice to God, because they aim to subdue and humble the body so that we may be purified and approach God and become friends of God -- yet these things do not present us directly to God, whereas prayer does so and unites us with Him. A person praying acts towards God like a friend -- conversing, confiding, requesting -- and through this becomes one with our Maker Himself.

St. Symeon of Thessalonica