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In the last decade or so, the contemporary term narodyvsia came into popular usage, replacing the more traditional Old Slavonic razhdayetsia.  Unfortunately, this attempt to make the term more understandable has changed the theological meaning of the Nativity greeting from Christ is Born, to Christ was Born.  This is not an insignificant detail.

Others | Views: 909 | Added by: abat | Date: 2013-01-28 | Comments (0)

It’s been more than ten years since I first noticed something odd about the generally pleasant—and generally Catholic—students at the college where I teach. The boys and girls don’t hold hands.

Others | Views: 789 | Added by: abat | Date: 2012-12-20 | Comments (0)

Most of us have heard the song about Santa Claus coming to town. In the song we are told that he sees us when we are sleeping and knows when we are awake and even if we have been bad or good. In my own life hearing this as a child had significant meaning, especially since my parents told me this person was real.

Others | Views: 705 | Added by: abat | Date: 2012-12-12 | Comments (0)

As fewer and fewer young people keep up with their faith,Jesus Christ and his Church are further away from their daily thinking. We live in a very secular world where spirituality has more to do with singing birds than anything Jesus said or did. The old traditions of our ancestors turn out to be just that. Something our grandparents did,but something which has little significance in "my world”.

Others | Views: 715 | Added by: abat | Date: 2012-09-08 | Comments (0)

Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross

On the Third Sunday of Great and Holy Lent, the Orthodox Church commemorates the Precious and Life-Giving Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Services include a special veneration of the Cross, which prepares the faithful for the commemoration of the Crucifixion during Holy Week.

The commemoration and ceremonies of the Third Sunday of Lent are closely parallel to the feasts of the Veneration of the Cross (September 14) and the Procession of the Cross (August 1). Not only does the Sunday of the Holy Cross prepare us for commemoration of the Crucifixion, but it also reminds us that the whole of Lent is a period when we are crucified with Christ.

Others | Views: 692 | Added by: abat | Date: 2012-03-17 | Comments (0)


His Beatitude Sviatoslav (Shevchuk): The church must go beyond the boundaries of its temples

The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church primate on the challenges of time, public outreach, and interdenominational relations

Interviewed by Larysa IVSHYNA, Viktoria SKUBA, Maria SEMENCHENKO, Nadia TYSIACHNA, The Day

Others | Views: 1327 | Added by: abat | Date: 2012-03-13 | Comments (0)

Candles play a major role in our Liturgical Rite. We use candles at Easter, candles at Christmas, candles at Theophany, candles at baptism, candles at weddings, candles on the Altar table, candles before icons, candles during processions, candles everywhere. So why do we use candles and what is their significance? Candles, lamps, light and flames represent the visible presence of God as the Light of the World. To understand the meaning of candles in our worship, we must look to the Bible where God is so often described in terms of fire and light.

Others | Views: 758 | Added by: abat | Date: 2012-02-11 | Comments (0)

The blessing of homes constitutes an invocative blessing, meaning that by his prayer and by the sprinkling of Holy Water the priest invokes God’s blessings and protection upon the home and those living in it. We bless homes for many reasons:

Others | Views: 725 | Added by: abat | Date: 2012-01-19 | Comments (0)

My family celebrates two Christmases,and my grandchildren are now of an age to be asking:Why are there two?

I typed out my answer,of which I will give each of them a copy tonight. This is what they will read.


By:Peter Drosdowech
Others | Views: 718 | Added by: abat | Date: 2012-01-03 | Comments (0)