The Church Calendar
It has already become a tradition when a song is heard in festive time
which highlights the elevated condition of the soul and festive
atmosphere. That is why the program of Voskresinnya Radio broadcasted
the story about creative works of people who give us their
songs,namely,poet Vasyl Mendrun and composer Myron Datsko.
In festive Christmas time, when Christmas carols and wishes for good
and happiness are all around, the Christmas theatre (Vertep) of the
Lviv Children‘s Theatre «Meta» (art director - Zoryana
Hrehoriychuk)greeted the audience in the program of Voskresinnya Radio.
The festive mood of Christmas and deepness of Christian traditions is
one of the important constituents of thematic festive programs of
Voskresinnya Radio.Apart from the festive wishes of Head of the
Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church His Beatitude Lubomyr, Archbishop of
Lviv Reverend Ihor Voznyak, numerous priests and laymen, Christmas
literary and musical compositions were also on air, and among authors,
for instance, scholar, poetess and writer Iryna Vovk (picture 21).
The thematic issue of Voskresinnya Radio was dedicated to people, who
with their work carry a good mood and depth of Christian study in their
songs. This is a trio of priests who for a long time already have been
singing together, united in a creative group called «Give Me Your
The program offered a story about creative work of this musical
group,as well as songs performed by them.The broadcast was prepared by
the author of the standing rubric «A Road to the Church», candidate of
historic science Petro Shkrabyuk(picture 22).
How the baptism of Ukraine-Rus was administered? About this talked Head
of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church His Beatitude Lubomyr in the
festive program on the Epiphany holiday.
Since recently the St. Valentine day has been celebrated in Ukraine on
the 14 th of February. Lately there was a substitution of notions and
the holiday is used for advertising and encouragement to give presents,
thus acquiring a distinctive commercial nature. Who Saint Valentine was
and how we should respect him œ this was a story told by Fr. Robert
Nicoletti, confessor of the order of Miles Jesu œ Soldiers of Jesus
Meatfare Sunday is the time when the Day of the Last Judgement is
recollected. The Church reminds that the God is not only extremely
merciful, but also extremely just. Therefore each one should bear
personal responsibility for one‘s life, care for one‘s improvement and
conversion, and strengthen one‘s spirit in a prayer with the help of
the fast and repentance. In times when the Church kept the strict fast,
Meatfare Sunday was the last day before the Lent when meat was allowed.
This day the abstract from the Gospel of Matthew about the Day of the
Last Judgement is read in churches, where Jesus Christ talks about the
eternal reward for the righteous and the eternal reward for sinners.
This Sunday, as well as every Sunday since the time of preparation to
the Lent, the program of Voskresinnya Radio offered spiritual studies
of Head of the Australian Foundation of Naval Chaplains Father
The 19 th of February was the beginning of the Lent. For all the
faithful the forty days become a time of a special prayer, fast, and
repentance, a time of spiritual preparation for the Easter holiday.
«And forgive us our trespasses,as we forgive those who trespass against
us.» Forgiveness is the essential condition of the Christian life. When
we forgive our neighbours, we relieve ourselves of a heavy burden, get
renewed and purge ourselves spiritually. Archbishop of
Lviv,RightRev.Ihor Voznyak (picture 24) in the series of his spiritual
studies was talking about how to prepare to the Lent, how to learn to
forgive, how to carry one‘s cross without complaints, but with
obedience, no matter whether it is big or small, heavy or easy. These
sermons were broadcasted in morning deliveries of Voskresinnya Radio
during the forty days.
Good feedback from the radio audience was received by the Lent
recollections of Taras Semeyuk, a student of the Lviv Theological
Seminary (picture 25). In one of the radio broadcasts a young
seminarian offered to reflect about what loneliness means for us, and
how we could help those who suffer from loneliness to feel afriendly
shoulder nearby. In his reflections he also touches upon problems of
The Lent is a time when one can be alone with oneself, go down to the
most forgotten nooks of one‘s soul and bring them to order. When
striving for repentance, this way a person will find easier to
understand himself/herself, to review one‘s relations with other
people, and to ask for God‘s help in this œ this was spiritual advice
given by a priest to be.
To support people in their fight with passions,and encourage them,in
them iddle of the 40-day Lent the Church reminds about the standard of
strength, salvation and triumph. This standard is the Saint Lord‘s
Cross. This is the cross that reminds us about the Passion of Lord Jesus
Christ, his martyr way for the sake of triumph of love. That is why the
third Sunday of the Lent is called Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross. Head
of the Australian Foundation of Naval Chaplains Father Oleksandr Kenez
(picture 26) in his sermons described the peculiarities of Sunday of
the Veneration of the Cross,as well as the meaning and spiritual
content of each Sunday of the Lent.
Priest of the UGCC Andriy Kaschuk (picture 27) reflected about the
spiritual benefit sof the Lent that involved the whole Christian world,
including those benefits and results that every Christian should
receive after the ordeal completion.
Taras Babenchuk, a student of the Lviv Theological Seminary, in the
series of programs «The Lent Recollections» dwelled on the fight of
human feelings and mutual overcoming, as well as what can be opposed to
it, and how human relations form in the present society.
The Holly Week. A week when Christ made a great sacrifice for us,
accepted the crucifixion and death. But his way is not finished with
the death. On the third day after death there was the
Resurrection, which became apledge for our resurrection to happy eternal
These feelings, as well as the Passion of Christ, a prayer and
suffering of the God‘s Mother watching the crucifixion of her son are
reflected in poems of Lviv poet Zenoviy Taras Masnyy (picture 28).
Palm Sunday, Lord‘s arrival at Jerusalem. This holiday is one of the 12
biggest religious holidays. This day people walk in processions with
palm branches. In Ukraine palm and olive branches were replaced by
willow, that is why Palm Sunday is called Willow Sunday, or Vaija
Sunday. Vaija is a name for palm branches in Greek and in Church
Slavonic. In the prayer-book, in a prayer to bless palm branches, this
branch is also called the symbol of the resurrection.
Archbishop of Lviv of the UGCC, Right Rev. Ihor Voznyak talked about
symbolism of Palm Sunday (picture 29 - anicon of Palm Sunday)in his
spiritual preaching,whereas priest Oleksandr Kenez in his sermon
reflected on unusualness and peculiarities of the triumphal arrival of
Jesus at Jerusalem.
The holy festival of Easter, the Resurrection of Christ is the major
holiday over holidays,at riumph over triumphs,which comes each time
toremind now,as two thousand years ago, about great God‘s love and
strength. God gives hope and faith, strengthens in good deals and shows
a way to salvation, to the victory over oneself. «May you rejoice and
be merry» œ this song is sung in churches.
Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church His Beatitude Lubomyr
congratulated the audience with Easter.
The Easter programs also included festive reflections of Archbishop of
Lviv of the UGCC, Right Rev. Ihor Voznyak, and Easter wishes from
father Oleksandr Kenez.
Sunday after Easter has a few names: Thomas Sunday, Antipascha, New or
Renewed Sunday, White Sunday, or Sunday in White Clothes, and Attending
«This day œ as the Synacsar of Thomas Sunday writes œ on the second
Sunday after Easter we celebrate renewal of the Resurrection of
Christ.» In ancient times those who were baptized on Holy Saturday,
during the whole Holy Week wore white clothes, but on Thomas Sunday
would take them off. A tradition remained to commemorate the dead and
pray for their soles at cemeteries this Sunday. Archbishop of Lviv of
the UGCC, Right Rev. Ihor Voznyak (picture 30) in his sermon spoke
about the spiritual meaning of this Sunday.
On the third Sunday after Easter the Church recollects myrrh-bearing
women.They were witnesses of Christ‘s death and brought myrrh to the
Lord‘s Grave to anoint the body of Jesus according to the tradition.
Later they became preachers of the Resurrection.
Showing the example of these women the Church teaches people in sincere
faith,passionate love and unfailing devotion to Our Lord Jesus during
the whole life, regardless of state of mind or life uncertainties. The
thematic program dedicated to this Sunday offered the abstract from the
Gospel of Mark, as well as a sermon of Father Oleksandr Kenez (picture
Spiritual Studies and Stories on Holidays
On the fiftieth day after the Resurrection of Christ the Holy Spirit
descended to the apostles and they received a gift to preach the word
of God in different languages. The holiday of Christian Pentecost
comprises a dual triumph: to the glory of the Holy Trinity and Holy
Spirit. In these days the mystical body of Christ œ the Church emerged,
that united the God‘s people. From this day the Church glorifies three
persons of a single divinity - the Father, the Son, and the Holy
Spirit. Archbishop of Lviv of the UGCC, Right Rev. Ihor Voznyak
(picture 32) in his sermon described the deep church traditions of the
Priest of the UGCC Orest Hlubish in his sermon talked about the
elevated state of a human soul, ability to rejoice, and not to give way
Christians prepare so thoroughly to Easter with the 40-day Lent that
after this holiday a question arises unintentionally: what to do now,
how to behave after Easter. On this reflected priest Oleksandr Kenez.
Doctor of historic science Mykhaylo Kril in the thematic issue
described the self- denying activities of Saint High Apostles Peter and
Paul and their life. The same author also dwelled on respecting the
memory of Blessed Princess Olha, memory of Reverend Antoniy Pecherskyy
and other saints.
«That who pray and fast, that has two wings easier that the wind» -
Saint Ivan Zolotoustyy wrote. On the fourth of June in the Orthodox
Church and the Greek Catholic Church the Petrivka fast started, also
called the apostolic fast, summer fast, Peter‘s fast. This year the
duration of the Petrivka fast was thirty seven days. The fast is a good
opportunity to purify a body and soul, to reestablish one‘s relations
with the closest ones, and to thoroughly work on one‘s character in
Christian qualities and values. These Christian qualities and asense of
Christian forgiveness were the topic of Sunday sermons delivered by
Right Reverend Ihor Voznyak, Archbishop of Lviv of the Ukrainian Greek