risu.org.ua - On November 10, 2017 in Lithuania, began solemnities on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of establishing the Basilian order of St. Josaphat, in which participates His Beatitude Sviatoslav, the Primate of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

In the frames of the event, His Beatitude Sviatoslav met with the first vice speaker of the Seimas of the Lithuanian Republic Rima Bashkienie. In the meeting took part, in particular, vice-speaker of the Seimas of the LR Arvidas Nekroshius, the head of the Committee on social protection and employment Algirdas Sisas, the head of the Committee on security and defense Vitautas Bakas, the deputy head of the Committee on international affairs Egidiyus Varejkis, a member of the Committee on international affairs, the head of the subcommittee on transatlantic relations and democratic development Zhygimantas Pavilionis. In the meeting also took part the Ambassador of Ukraine to the LR Volodymyr Yatsenkivsky, lithuania.mfa.gov.ua informs.

During the meeting the sides noted the high level of the mutual relations in various spheres, their important historical basis. His Beatitude Sviatoslav expressed gratitude to the Lithuanian side for supporting Ukraine, he informed about goals of development of the UGCC in Ukraine and the whole world. The Lithuanian side, in particular, expressed readiness to further support our state.

On that day, on the occasion of the Jubilee year of the 400th anniversary of the Basilian order, in the Lithuanian state historical archive took place the solemn opening of the exhibition of the historic documents from the history of the Order, which co-organizer was the Embassy of Ukraine to the LR. This event drew the attention of the public; it was attended by the representatives of the UGCC delegation, headed by His Beatitude Sviatoslav, the Minister of culture of the LR Liana Ruokitie-Yonson, Ambassador of Ukraine to the LR with his wife, representatives of the Embassy of Ukraine to the LR, Ukrainian community of Lithuania, diplomats, accredited in Lithuania, researchers, leading local media.

On that day in the Embassy of Ukraine to the LR took place a friendly meeting of the UGCC delegation, representatives of the Ukrainian Embassy, accredited in Lithuania, Ukrainian community of Lithuania with the representatives of the Lithuanian society.


Teachings of Christ

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." (Matthew 7:7,8 ESV)

Saint Nicholas of Myra

The truth of your deeds has revealed you to your flock, * as a rule of faith, an image of meekness, and a teacher of abstinence. * Therefore, you attained the heights through humility, * and riches through poverty. * O Father and Hierarch Nicholas, * pray to Christ God that our souls may be saved. (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.

In Myra, You were shown to be a servant of the sacred things, O Holy Nicholas, * for, fulfilling the Gospel of Christ, you, O Venerable, laid down your life for your people, * and saved the innocent from death. * Therefore, you were sanctified as a great initiate of the grace of God. (Kontakion, Tone 3)

Random Proverb

"Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her." (Proverbs 8:10,11 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