risu.org.ua - On Sunday, 14 July 2013, on the eve of the feast of the holy equal to the apostles Great Prince Volodymyr (new calendar), the Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma held an all-eparchial pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Holy Cross at the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Parish in Youngstown, Ohio, USA, Department of Information of the UGCC informs.

The pilgrimage took place on the occasion of the Year of Faith and the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus-Ukraine under the leadership of Bishop John Bura, Apostolic Administrator of the Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma. Bishop George Murry, SJ of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown also partook in the pilgrimage as well as many clergy and numerous lay people.

The pilgrimage commenced with Moleben to the holy equal to the apostles Great Prince Volodymyr, which was followed by a Lesser Sanctification of Water and a Renewal of baptismal promises. Afterwards Bishop John addressed the pilgrims with his paternal word. In his homily, the bishop stressed the importance of being grateful to God and St. Volodymyr for the gift of the Ukrainian Church. Bishop John equally encouraged all the faithful to be active and responsible members of the Church, so as to be able to pass this gift unto the ages of ages. At the end, the hierarch thanked the Administrator of the parish and the shrine, Fr. Lubomyr Zhybak and his parishioners for having organized the pilgrimage as well as directed his words of gratitude to Bishop George, the clergy and all the faithful for their participation in the pilgrimage.


 Reference: The Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Parish in Youngstown, Ohio, USA was founded in 1911. In 1986, on the occasion of the 75th parish anniversary and the millennial anniversary of the Baptism of Rus-Ukraine, the Shrine of the Holy Cross was erected through the sacrificial efforts of parishioners and their long-time pastor, Very Rev. Mitred Archpriest Leo Adamiak, who died in March 2010. From January 2013 the parish and the shrine has been taken care of by Fr. Lubomyr Zhybak.

Teachings of Christ

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-44 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

"He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself." (Proverbs 6:32 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

“The legalization of the termination of pregnancy is none other than the authorization given to an adult, with the approval of an established law, to take the lives of children yet unborn and thus incapable of defending themselves. It is difficult to imagine a more unjust situation, and it is very difficult to speak of obsession in a matter such as this, where we are dealing with a fundamental imperative of every good conscience — the defense of the right to life of an innocent and defenseless human being.”

- Saint John Paul II