UKRAINIAN MANITOBA CELEBRATES A WEEKEND OF FEASTS

January 7, 2018

FAITHFUL JOYFULLY CROSS PATHS AS THEY CELEBRATE TWO MAJOR FEASTS OF THE YEAR

As the Ukrainian Church uses both the Gregorian ("new") and Julian ("old") the two feasts of Theophany and the Nativity also come one day after the other within the same community. When new-calendar parishes are already celebrating the Baptism of the Lord (Theophany, Epiphany), those that adhere to the old calendar are fasting before the Holy Supper on the eve of Christmas. This happens every year and probably many families celebrate both Gregorian and Julian -calendar Christmas and Theophany. Why not!? However, this year the feast-days converged on a weekend. This made it either easier or more difficult to schedule and attend all the services - depending on one's love for liturgy and one's commitments to various family obligations.

Certainly not a few priests found themselves blessing the Jordan Waters for the Feast of Theophany on Saturday morning and then, in the evening, starting the Christmas Eve services with Great Complines. Then on Sunday, some celebrated a Christmas Divine Liturgy while others commemorated the Sunday after Theophany.

All-in-all, however, most saw it as a problem we can live with. The fact of the matter is that people gathered in churches across the Archeparchy to sing carols proclaiming both the birth of the Saviour and His revelation at the Jordan River. They came together to be reconciled to the Lord through the Mystery (Sacrament) of Penance and to become one with Him in the Holy Eucharist. Those that came with a heart open to the grace of God and the determination to have a beautiful festal time - certainly were rewarded with what they desired in their hearts. «Нова радість стала, яка не бувала» A new joy… never before experienced…

"Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth! Young men and maidens together, the elderly and children! Let them praise the name of the LORD, for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above earth and heaven!" (ps 148)


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