On Thursday, February 1, 2018 on the eve of the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord (Gregorian calendar), members of various consecrated life communities of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic and Ukrainian Roman Catholic Churches, who minister in Italy, gathered together.
On January 28, 2018, faithful gathered at the Basilica of Saint Sofia in Rome for Hierarchal Divine Liturgy celebrated by His Beatitude Sviatoslav, Head of the UGCC.
Sharing the joyful news of the nativity of the Son of God is an ancient Christian tradition, which found in many cultures. Often carolers visit family, friends and acquaintances singing the good news and bringing joyful greetings and wishes of this glorious event.
On the second day of the Feast of the Nativity (Gregorian calendar), December 26, 2017 the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican filled with Ukrainians from all corner of Italy. They gathered to united their hearts and prayers in thanksgiving to God and to share with one another the joy of the birth of Jesus Christ and together sing the traditional Christmas carols.
On December 24, 2017 the observance of the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord commenced with the celebration of Great Compline with Lytia in Christ the Kind Chapel in the monastery of the Generalate of the Basilian Fathers in Rome.
«Such is our God, Who was born of a Virgin and lived among men; no other is to be compared to Him. The only-begotten Son, as man, is laid in a poor manger; the Master of all is wrapped in swaddling clothes; and a star announces to the magi to come and worship Him, and we sing: Holy Trinity, save our souls.»
(Prefeast of Nativity of our Lord – Third Hour)