Sunday, December 24th
Christmas Eve Liturgies
Holy Ascension’s Liturgy – 5 PM
St. Michael’s Liturgy – 10 PM

Monday, December 25th
Christmas Day Liturgy
St. Michael’s Liturgy – 10 AM

Tuesday, December 26th
Synaxis of Mary
St. Michael’s Liturgy – 8 AM

Wednesday, December 27th
Protomartyr Stephen
St. Michael’s – 8 AM

Holy Ascension Divine Liturgy @ 5:30 PM

Sunday, December 31st
St. Michael’s Divine Liturgy @ 10 AM

Monday, January 1st
St. Michael’s Divine Liturgy @ 10 AM

Twenty-Seventh Week After Pentecost

Twenty-Seventh Week After Pentecost 12/4/2017 to 12/11/2017

Monday 12/4/2017

1 Timothy 5:1-10

Luke 17:20-25


1 Timothy 5:11-21

Luke 17:26-37 (& 18:8)


1 Timothy 5:22-6:11

Luke 18:15-17, 26-30


1 Timothy 6:17-21

Luke 18:31-34


2 Timothy 1:1,2,8-18

Luke 19:12-28


Galatians 5:22-6:2

Luke 10:19-21

Twenty-Seventh Sunday After Pentecost


Luke 24:12-35 (Matins Gospel 5)


Ephesians 6:10-17

Luke 13:10-17 (Slavs), Luke 18:18-27 (Greeks)

Twenty-Sixth Week After Pentecost

Twenty-Sixth Week After Pentecost 11/27/2017 to 12/10/2017


1 Timothy 1:1-7

Luke 14:12-15


1 Timothy 1:8-14

Luke 14:25-35


1 Timothy 1:18-20; 2:8-15

Luke 15:1-10


1 Timothy 3:1-13

Luke 16:1-9


1 Timothy 4:4-8, 16

Luke 16:15-18, 17:1-4


Galatians 3:8-12

Luke 9:57-62

Twenty-Sixth Sunday After Pentecost


Luke 24:1-12 (Matins Gospel 4)


Ephesians 5:9-19

Luke 12:16-21

Twenty-Fourth Week After Pentecost

Twenty-Fourth Week After Pentecost


1 Thessalonians 2:20-3:8

Luke 11:29-33


1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

Luke 11:34-41


1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

Luke 11:42-46


1 Thessalonians 5:1-8

Luke 11:47-12:1


1 Thessalonians 5:9-13,24-28

Luke 12:2-12


2 Corinthians 11:1-6

Luke 9:1-6

Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost


Mark 16:1-8 (Matins Gospel 2)


Ephesians 2:4-22

Luke 8:41-56 (Slavs), Luke 16:19-31 (Greeks)

Twenty-Third Week After Pentecost


1 Thessalonians 1:1-5

Luke 10:22-24


1 Thessalonians 1:6-10

Luke 11:1-10


1 Thessalonians 2:1-8

Luke 11:9-13


1 Thessalonians 2:9-14

Luke 11:14-23


1 Thessalonians 2:14-19

Luke 11:23-26


2 Corinthians 8:1-5

Luke 8:16-21

Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost


Matthew 28:16-20 (Matins Gospel 1)


Ephesians 2.4-10

Luke 8:26-39 (Slavs), Luke 8:41-46 (Greeks




Glory to Jesus Christ!

“Pylypivka” or Philip’s Fast that begins on November 14th is upon us. It is a time of preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We are once again called to embark on a journey to welcome Emmanuel among us! In a short forty days we will celebrate the Feast of Nativity of Our Lord. At the Matins of the Nativity we will sing:

“Christ is born, let us glorify Him. Christ comes down from heaven; let us go out and meet Him. Christ lives on earth, let us exalt in joy. All you faithful sing to the Lord, for He has been glorified.”
Hirmos 1, Canon Matins of the Nativity of Our Lord.

How can we prepare ourselves to welcome God among us? How will we glorify Him? Can this Christmas season be a profound and spiritual experience for me?

In order to properly prepare to meet Christ on His feast of the Nativity, Mother Church is giving us forty days to challenge ourselves to live our Christian calling and vocation: to deepen knowledge of the Word of God, to live a life of community and personal prayer, and to perform acts of charity and mercy both in the church, and in the world. In these three points, we can describe our vocation as a Christian, as well as the vocation of the entire Church.

If every parish is called to be a place to encounter the living Christ, then Christ the Teacher must have a central place in our lives and our parish life. Now is the time to daily set aside time for reading the Sacred Scripture and to meditate upon it. We are also called to learning of Divine truth, the truths of the Christian faith and the foundations of Christian life.

Gathered together “at the breaking of the bread”, that is at the Eucharistic Sacrifice, we are mystically united among ourselves, and are also united with Christ’s sacrifice, offered to God the Father for us and by us. The Eucharist is the center of the Christian life. The parish – the community gathers for the “breaking of the bread,” that is for the Eucharistic service. The Eucharist is at the same time the culmination of the parish life and also the source of all its spiritual blessings. Let us invite a friend or neighbor to join us for the liturgical services in our parish community.

During these days, we are called both personally, and as a member of the community to pray, for oneself, and for others, to offer one’s self as a sacrifice to God, to forgive others and to ask God for forgiveness, to bless God and to be a blessing for others.

What is most important: all of us together are called to strive for holiness, to be a truly holy people. What does this mean? In parish life, every liturgical service and all of our liturgical practices and prayer life is to promote the sanctification of the time and the place where we are, and we ourselves become sanctified as well, as a gift consecrated to God. That is why during the time of preparation for coming of our Lord we should guard oneself from sin, and strive to grow in the virtue of moderation, purity of body and soul, according to one’s state in life.

We are also called to look beyond ourselves and be of service to others, especially the less fortunate among us. During the Philip Feast let us look at our community and find those who need our help and assistance. We can visit the sick, assist the poor, give food for the hungry, care for orphans, support those who suffer injustice, promote peace, and offer comfort for those grieving. We can perform all of this in our community where we live and work, as the needy live among us.

Let us start this season together! Let us pray, meditate upon the Word of God, sacrifice for one another and trust in God.

Then with joy we will be able to welcome God among us!

+Stefan Soroka
Archbishop of Philadelphia for Ukrainian
Metropolitan of Ukrainian Catholics in the United States

+Paul Chomnycky, OSBM
Eparch of Stamford

+Benedict Aleksiychuk
Eparch of St. Nicholas in Chicago

+ Bohdan J. Danylo (author)
Eparch of St. Josaphat in Parma

+John Bura
Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia

+Andriy Rabiy
Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia

Pylypivka 2017

Reflections on the Scripture Readings for this Weekend — 207097

During the past week, Thursday the 14th of September, we celebrated the great feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. This weekend we continue that celebration and venerate the Cross of Christ.

Our Epistle reading is taken from the letter of Paul to the Galatians. In it he has these words:

…knowing that a man is not justified by legal observance but by faith in Jesus Christ, we too have believed in him in order to be justified by faith…. I have been crucified with Christ, and the life I live now is not my own; Christ is living in me. I still live my human life, but it is a life of faith in the Son of God….

Indeed similar words should be on the lips and in the heart of each and every Christian. Paul indeed shows us how to think as a Christian and how to live.

Our second reading, taken from Mark’s Gospel, presents the doctrine of the Cross. Mark summarizes the doctrine of the Cross in this manner:

If a man wishes to come after me, he must deny his very self, take up his cross, and follow in my steps…. Whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will preserve it.

The story of the Cross of Jesus is perhaps the greatest story every told since it tells us humans how to live life. It is a story of great faith in God and great personal strength. Jesus was a man who truly lived what He believed and He clearly showed us how to live. It is a story about what is possible for human beings if they hope and trust in God.

I know that many will immediately say that Jesus was able to endure His crucifixion because He was God. That is not what our faith tells us. He truly endured crucifixion because of the way that He embraced life and what He thought about the meaning and purpose of life. He did not endure the crucifixion the way that He did because He is God.

I know that this may be difficult for some to believe. Our human instinct is to deny that a human could go through what Jesus did only because of His faith. We don’t want to believe that He endured what He did simply as a human person. We don’t want to believe any differently because it would mean that we too could live like He did. Our faith tells us that He endured all as truly a human.