In the late afternoon of Christmas Day, singing could be heard as a group of carolers walked down Via San Alessio to the Generalate House of the Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great. Neighbors peered out their windows to see a group of young men, many in embroidered shirts, caroling and playing on instruments.
«Today is born of the Virgin He, Who in His arms holds all creation.
…The Bridegroom of the Church receives the magi
and the Son of the Virgin receives from them gifts.
We bow before Your birth, O Christ!
Now manifest to us Your divine Theophany»
(Prefeast of Nativity of our Lord – Ninth Hour)
Christ is Born!
With the celebration of the Nativity of Christ and the New Year
may Our Lord’s blessings bring peace and joy
to every heart and every home,
sanctifying all our thoughts and intentions!
May all receive the light and warmth of the
Divine Love of Jesus Christ,
who hastens to generously gift each individual.
On the days of December 5-14, 2016 an informative and moving photo exhibit may be viewed in piazza St. Silvestro in Rome, Italy. The exhibit, “Displaced. 12 stories from Ukraine” presents stories of families that have been “displaced” by the undeclared war in Ukraine.
“We want to be messengers of peace for the whole world, especially in the Near East, in Ukraine and for all peoples and Churches under the care of the Congregation for Oriental Churches” – His Eminence Leonardo Cardinal Sandri, during the Mass for peace i
On December 2, 2016 during the traditional Novena in preparation for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Basilica of the 12 Apostles in Rome, His Eminence Leonardo Cardinal Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, celebrated a Mass, which representatives of all Eastern Catholic Churches in Rome had been invited to participate in, especially those from Ukraine and the Near East.
Journey of Transfiguration is an 82 page booklet that endeavors to highlight the basic elements of Saint Basil’s teachings on “the life of the monastic and the life of a Basilian community”. The booklet provides quotes from Scripture and the works of St. Basil for reflection and prayer.
November 23, 2016 Sister Yosyfa Ivanna Yuskiv, OSBM of the Most Holy Trinity Province, Ukraine was called home to the Lord in the 83th year of her life, having lived 61 years in the monastery. “God grant her Eternal Memory!”
On November 14th we begin the fast of Philip, a time of forty days of preparation for the feasts of Nativity and Epiphany of Our Lord, Jesus. In Bethlehem’s cave is born Jesus, the Light of the World, who conquers the darkness of sin. The angels sing of His coming, the shepherds adore Him and the wise men bring Him gifts and pay Him homage.