UKRAINIAN CHURCH AROUND THE WORLD CELEBRATES NEW FEAST

July 1, 2018

PARISH CHURCHES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD HONOUR OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP

Today Ukrainian Catholics throughout the world celebrate the first annual feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Many parishes and entire eparchies organized smaller and larger events to commemorate the new Marian feast proposed by the Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Catholic Church and formally promulgated by His Beatitude Sviatoslav on 11 December 2017. His Beatitude himself celebrated the new feastday in Ternopil' at a massive church dedicated to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. In fact all the Faithful in Ukraine were encouraged to make their way to Ternopil, if possible, to participate in the historic celebration.

However, of course, many parishioners around the country could not make the trip and certainly most of the millions of Ukrainian Catholics outside of Ukraine could not attend, so…. local parishes held their own celebrations. Pastors preached special sermons, choirs sang appropriate hymns, and some parish communities held special ceremonies. For example ... at the church in Dobromil', Ukraine (where Metropolitan Andrew Sheptytsky first entered the Basilian Monastery there), an icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help was blessed, and... at Holy Eucharist Parish in Winnipeg, the congregation was honoured to have members of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate present. The Sisters together with the Girls of Mary, joined by clergy and altar servers, carried an icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help to a special location in the Church. At the close of the Divine Liturgy, everyone came forward for an anointing (myrovanya) and to receive a special card commemorating the historic event of participating in the first celebration of a new annual feast.

The website of the Ukrainian Redemptorist parish of St John the Baptist in Newark, New Jersey has an extensive history of the Icon that will prove fascinating to readers.

At the parish church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the city of Ternopil, together with many bishops, clergy and faithful, the Father and Head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, His Beatitude Sviatoslav celebrates the first annual feast day of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Here are some highlights…..

Most holy Mother of God, save us!

Пресвятая Богородице, спаси нас!


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