Eastern Catholic Bishops Meet in Londonrisu.org.ua - Upon the invitation of Rt Rev Hlib Lonchyna, Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of the Holy Family of London, the annual meeting of the Eastern Catholic Bishops in Europe convened in London on Thursday 26th October 2017 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Ukrainian Catholic Exarchate/Eparchy, UGCC Information department informs.

This year, as the focus of their meeting, the Bishops of the continent’s Eastern Catholic Churches will discuss “Kerygma – Catechesis – Mystagogy” (the proclamation of the gospel of Christ, its deepening and its celebration). The choice of theme was dictated by the numerous challenges, such as the migration of many Eastern Catholics to regions and countries of different Christian traditions or denominations. The Eastern Catholic Churches have been trying to respond to those challenges through the re-discovery of elements proper to their Eastern tradition.

The Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, the Most Reverend Edward Joseph Adams conveyed Papal greetings and blessings for the conference. Also in attendance at the opening ceremony was the Right Reverend Paul McAleenan, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster who, on behalf of His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols, welcomed the representatives of 12 Eastern Catholic Churches in Europe attending the annual meeting. The Opening Ceremony also included a presentation about the history of Eparchy.


Teachings of Christ

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10 ESV)

Pentecost

Blessed are You, O Christ our God, * Who has shown the fishermen to be all wise, * by sending down to them the Holy Spirit, * and through them You have caught the whole world in Your net. * O Lover of Mankind, glory to You. (Troparion - Tone 8)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

When the Most High descended, confusing tongues, * He divided the nations; * but when He distributed the tongues of fire, * He called all to unity; * and, with one voice, * we glorify the Most Holy Spirit. (Kontakion - Tone 8)

Random Proverb

"My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding, that you may keep discretion, and your lips may guard knowledge." (Proverbs 5:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

According to the text, `We are the body of Christ and each of us is one of its members' (cf. 1 Cor. 12:27), we are said to be the body of Christ. We do not become this body through the loss of our own bodies; nor again because Christ's Body passes into us hypostatically or is divided into members; but rather because we conform to the likeness of the Lord's flesh by shaking off the corruption of sin. For just as Christ in His manhood was sinless by nature both in flesh and in soul, so we too who believe in Him, and have clothed ourselves in Him through the Spirit, can be without sin to Him if we so choose.

St. Maximus the Confessor, Second Century on Theology, Philokalia, V. 2