- The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church-- with 4.2 million members, the largest of the 21 Eastern Catholic churches-- will publish its first worldwide catechism next year. Sister Luiza Ciupa of the Catechetical Institute in Lviv says that the catechism, which will be translated into six languages, will “help others to discover the beauty of our tradition and our rite.”

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O Mother of God, in giving birth you preserved virginity; * and in falling asleep you did not forsake the world. * You are the Mother of Life and have been transferred to life, * and through your prayers you deliver our souls from death. (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.

Neither the tomb nor death could detain the Mother of God, * who is unsleeping in her prayers and our unfailing hope in her intercession; * for He Who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb, * transferred to Life the Mother of Life. (Kontakion - Tone 2)