«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)
Liturgy of Thanksgiving celebrated at the Papal Basilica of St. John Lateran commemorating 420 years of the Union of Brest
His Beatitude Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, was the main celebrant of a Divine Liturgy of Thanksgiving in the Papal Basilica of St. John Lateran commemorating 420 years since the signing of the the Brest Union. During the homily he underscored the continued relevance of the Union of the Ukrainian Eastern Catholic Church with the Holy See.
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
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.
Newly-elected Administration of the Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great in the Saints Cyril and Methodius Vice-Province in Sečovce, Slovakia
During the days of November 30 to December 2, 2016 the Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great in the Saints Cyril and Methodius Vice-Province in Sečovce, Slovakia held their Vice-Provincial Chapter.
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.