Calendar» is a series of thematic radio programmes on
holidays of Christmas cycle, as well as holiday greetings of clergy and
laymen of various churches. Among them, in particular, there is a
greeting of the Most Reverend Archbishop of Lviv of UGCC Ihor Voznyak
The air of Christmas holidays and Christmas divine services is always
elevated and joyful. From the very beginning Christmas is a family
holiday, as Love of God the Father to people is at its apogee, namely,
in the embodiment of his Son. Thus, this Sacrament for thousands of
years is remembered during Holy Supper in the close family circle.
According to the ancient traditions, a whole act was help at Christmas,
which is to certain extent was preserved till now. Today in separate
regions of Ukraine the elements of these extremely rich Ukrainian
traditions still live, what was dwelt upon by students of Lviv
Theological Seminary of the Holy Spirit Pavlo Drozdyak (photo 44) and
Taras Semenyuk (photo 45).
Nineteenth of January according to Julian calendar is the Epiphany. Its
second name is Water Consecration or Jordan, from the name of Jordan
River in Palestine. Jordan is a popular name for Christian ceremony for
water consecration. This holiday was established to remember the
miraculous Epiphany of the Most Holy at Jordan River, where John the
Baptist was preaching and baptizing. Jesus Christ came here in the age
of 30 from Galilee. Baptizing of Jesus Christ is a holiday with the
same significance as Christmas. Thematic issue of Voskresinnia Radio
was dedicated to this first Christian sacrament, beginning of blessed
unity of man and God.
This year Orthodox and Greek Catholics celebrate the Easter on April
23, while Roman Catholics - on April 16. Such a discrepancy is
stipulated by different calendars: Julian and Gregorian. Roman Catholic
Church uses the calendar, introduced by Pope Hryhoriy III in 16th
century, who corrected the difference between astronomical and calendar
year. Differences in calendars were dwelt upon by astronomer, doctor of
physical and mathematical sciences Ivan Klymyshyn (photo 46), author of
book «Calendar and Easter» in the interview of
director of publishing house «Nova Zoria», editor
of the magazine with the same name, priest Ihor Pelehatyy (photo 46).
On February 15 Eastern Churches of Ukraine celebrate the Holiday of
Candlemas. The very essence of this holiday is closely connected with
Christmas, as Christ also reveals its divinity. The name
«Candlemas» symbolized the meeting of the Son of
God and his Most Holy Mother with righteous Simeon. The aim of the
holiday is to glorify the Epiphany on earth, praise Christ divinity and
to salute BlessedVirgin as God's Mother. The programme ofVoskresinnia
Radio narrated about the custom of candles blessing, related to the
holiday of Christ Candlemas.
study for Palm Sunday is given by Lviv Archbishop of Ukrainian Greek
Catholic Church Ihor Vizniak. On Good Friday of the Passions of our
Lord several pages from book «Easter Pilgrimage »
were read in the programme of Voskresinnia Radio. Its author is bishop
Vasyl Losten (photo 47) from Stemford, UGCC.
«Light of Christ Resurrection» is a cycle of
holiday programmes for Easter and Bright Week, delivering greetings
from Heads of Ukrainian Churches, Easter stories, poems, prose, songs
and stories about traditions.
Solemn measures were held on the holiday of Nativity of Saint John the
Baptist in Hlyniany, dedicated to 70 years of renovation of Jesus
Christ Crucifix. In studio of Voskresinnia Radio Father-paroh Dmytro
Maykut told abour Hlyniany, Cathedral of the Assumption and story about
self-renovation of Jesus Christ image.
traditions of the Holiday of Epiphany» (photo 48) is another
thematic issue of Voskresinnia Radio.
Head of Lviv museum of religion history, writer and poetess Iryna Vovk
told our listeners about traditions and customs, related to holiday of
We could not omit enormous service of prince Volodymyr the Great in the
spread of Christian belief in Ukraine and further building of the
Church, thus this matter was considered in the programme on 28 of July.
It is this day when Eastern Church honours the memory of prince
Volodymyr, equal to the apostles, baptizer of Ukraine-Rus.
In our further work we strived at presentation of famous people of
Ukraine, thus we asked Myhaylo Kril, doctor of historical sciences, to
prepare a series of programmes about Venerable Antoniy Pecherskyy,
princess Olha, equal to the apostles etc.
Spiritual studies for the Lent
Christ's Resurrection is preceded by the Lent, which is an important
time for every Christian. Therefore journalists of Voskresinnia Radio
prepared a cycle of programmes to highlight the matter from different
points of view. In particular, these are Lent Recollections of the Head
of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church the Holiest Liubomyr Huzar;
spiritual study of priest Myhaylo Harvat (photo 49);
series of spiritual studies for the Lent by UGCC Lviv Archbishop Ihor
Vozniak on preparation to the holiday of Resurrection and abstinence
from sins; «Fast and meal in spiritual life» -
interview with the author of book with the same title, Father Nazariy
Zatorskyy, on preparation to the holiday of Resurrection during the
Lent, as well as Lent considerations on sacrament of crucifixion of
Jesus Christ at Calvary, prepared by priest Ihor Pelehatyy (photo 50).