07.05.2008, [13:07] // UGCC // RISU.ORG.UA

On 3-4 May 2008, at the Lavra [Major Monastery] of the Holy Dormition of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) in western Ukrainian Univ, Lviv Region, on the occasion of the 110th anniversary of the renewal of Studite monastic life, solemn celebrations took place. In addition to this jubilee, on these days Blessed Archimandrite Klymentii (Sheptytsky) was honored. An important event was the granting of stauropegion status (direct dependence to the patriarch) to the Lavra of the Holy Dormition in Univ.

As part of the celebration, on Saturday May 3 at the conference hall of the Lviv Palace of Art (Kopernika Str., 17) a scholarly conference was held. The following lectures were given: “Blessed Martyr Klymentii as a model of holiness” (lecturer, Fr. Borys Gudziak, Ph.D., rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University); “Memories of Fr. Klymentii” (Mr. Adam Daniel Rotfeld); “Blessed Archimandrite Klymentii and the Sheptytsky family” (Dr. Andriy Sheptytsky); “The role of Blessed Martyr Klementii in the renewal of Studite monasticism” (Bishop Hlib (Lonchyna)); “Father Klementii as a righteous of the nations” (Mrs. Olha Fadeyeva). At the same time a movie was shown about Blessed Martyr Klymentii. The conference finished with a performance of the Axios choir. Then at 18.00 in the Church of Saint Michael, great vespers with litany was celebrated.

On Sunday 4 May in the village of Univ at 10.00, a pontifical Divine Liturgy was led by Patriarch Lubomyr (Husar), head of the UGCC. During the Liturgy the decree about granting the Lavra of the Holy Dormition in Univ the status of stauropegion will be proclaimed. At 12.00 the ceremonial unveiling of a memorial tablet in honor of Blessed Archimandrite Klymentii (Sheptytsky) was held. Then an exhibition of archival photographs was viewed.

A stauropegial monastery (monasterium stauropegiaceum), in other words, under patriarchal jurisdiction (monasterium iuris patriarchalis), is a monastery which is subject directly to the patriarch (can. 434 Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches). The CCEC distinguishes 3 types of jurisdictional status of monasteries (can. 434): a) papal, b) patriarchal, c) episcopal. Consequently, granting the Lavra of the Holy Dormition in Univ the status of stauropegion means raising it to patriarchal status.


Teachings of Christ

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account." (Matthew 5:11 ESV)


At Your baptism in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed, * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You His “beloved Son”, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the truth of these words. * O Christ God, * Who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You! (Troparion - Tone 1)

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

You have appeared to the whole world today, * and Your light, O Lord, is signed upon us, * who with knowledge sing praise to You: * “You have come, and You have appeared , O Unapproachable Light." (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Christ is Born!

Your Nativity, O Christ our God, * has dawned upon the world the light of knowledge. * for through it, those who served the stars * were taught by a star to worship You, the Sun of Righteousness * and to know You, the Dawn from on high. * Glory to You, O Lord! (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.

Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One, * and the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One. * Angels and shepherds sing His glory; * Wise Men journey with a star * for there is born for us an infant Child, the God Who is before all ages. (Kontakion, Tone 3)

Random Proverb

"Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching." (Proverbs 4:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

God is nearer to us than any man at every time. He is nearer to me than my raiment, nearer than the air or light, nearer than my wife, father, mother, daughter, son or friend. I live in Him, soul and body. I breathe in Him, think in Him, feel, consider, intend, speak, undertake, work in Him. `For in Him we live, and move, and have our being' (Acts 17:28).

St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ