UK Visitrisu.org.ua - On Sunday 22nd October 2017, parish priest Rev Volodymyr Sampara, along with representatives of the Ukrainian community in Greater Manchester, welcomed His Beatitude Patriarch Sviatoslav to the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Dormition of Our Lady in Manchester. Joining His Beatitude Patriarch Sviatoslav at the celebration of the Pontifical Divine Liturgy was Bishop Hlib Lonchyna, Bishop Hryhoriy Komar (Auxiliary Bishop of Sambir-Drohobych), Rev Taras Khomych from the neighbouring parish of Liverpool and Very Rev Mitred Archpriest Bohdan Matwijiwczuk (administrator of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church in Great Britain).

Later that afternoon, His Beatitude Patriarch Sviatoslav visited All Saints Ukrainian Church in Bolton. He was welcomed by parish priest Rev Ewhen Nebesniak SDB and Mr Hryhoriy Bolubash (a founding member of the Bolton Ukrainian community) and celebrated a Moleben to the Mother of God. The Right Reverend John Arnold (Bishop of Salford) was also present at the service. Councillor Roger Hayes accompanied by his wife Jaleh Hayes, along with Right Honourable Ms Yasmin Qureshi (MP Bolton South East) attended the commemorations in honour of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Ukrainian Catholic Exarchate/Eparchy in the UK.

On Monday 23rd October 2017, His Beatitude Patriarch Sviatoslav concluded his tour of Ukrainian Catholic parishes in Great Britain with a visit to Stockport and Wolverhampton Ukrainian communities.

Speaking at a reception held in Stockport Ukrainian Centre, and at the banquet held in his honour at Wolverhampton Ukrainian Cultural Centre, His Beatitude talked of the importance of keeping faith and culture at the heart of Ukrainian life in the UK. By doing so, the Church will not only survive, but also prosper as its richness and strength lies within its faithful.


Teachings of Christ

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10:27-30 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

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. (Proverbs 3:9,10 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Therefore let us leave untouched the senseless speculations of the masses and the false doctrines, and turn to the teaching delivered to us in the beginning, let us be temperate and ready for our prayers, persevere in fasting, and fervently implore the All-seeing God not to expose us to temptations, since the Lord has said: 'The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.'

St. Polycarp, Epistle to the Philippians