In recent years we have witnessed and participated in major events in our community in Calgary; The purchase of the new land, construction of our Church and the completion of the landscape surrounding the Church. We believe that each of you is proud of what has been accomplished. Continue reading →
According to Metropolitan Anthony of Boryspil and Brovary, chancellor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC MP) further recognizing of OCU – the structure created by Phanar – may cause a split in Local Orthodox Churches, similar to the events of 1054, when the Roman church separated from the Eastern Orthodox Church*. Further recognition of OCU will have consequences not only for Ukraine and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, but also for world Orthodoxy.
According to the chancellor of the UOC, Metropolitan Anthony, while the question of vaccination is not a religious issue,the Church has the following principles regarding it:
First, any vaccination – against coronavirus or other diseases – must be voluntary. A person has the right to refuse it, and Ukrainian legislation law provides for such a possibility, but at the same time everyone “must realize their responsibility for the state of their health and the health of their family.”
Sickness, like all other tribulations, even if it is caused by demons, Lord permits as a call for our repentance and change. But this does not mean that we should not take reasonable precautions and treat viral and other diseases.
However, it should be noted that antiviral vaccines are still being tested and monitored. From a medical point of view, each vaccine must go through a trial period during which possible side effects are revealed. This principle is currently not observed.
Therefore, if there is no urgent need, it is better to wait until the issue is clarified.
This does not apply to those vaccines that include abortion material – they are totally unacceptable.
It was the sight we now commemorate in the present Church service, and behold in the sacred Image before our eyes. The sight was the Son of God, Who came down from the heavens, became man for the salvation of the human race, and was mocked and scourged by men.
What feeling, if not that of horror, should wholly envelope the heart at this sight? What state, if not a state of absolute bewilderment, should be our state of mind? What word could be pronounced at this sight? Does not every human word die upon the lips, before it can even proceed from the lips?
All those who came to this sight, beholding the things which were done, smote their breasts, and returned.
Below is the schedule of Services in our Church for the period from April 24 to May 2.
1. Saturday, April 24. (Lazarus’ Saturday) Holy Liturgy at 10:00 a.m.
2. Sunday, April 25, (Palm Sunday) Holy Liturgy at 10:00 a.m.
3. Wednesday, April 28. Akathist to St. John of Shanghai at 6:00 p.m.
4. Thursday, April 29. (Great Thursday) Holy Liturgy at 10:00 a.m.
5. Thursday, April 29. (Great Thursday) Service with the reading of the 12 Gospels at 6:00 p.m.
5. Friday, April 30. (Good Friday) Evening Service at 6:00 pm (online registration required).
6. Friday, April 30 (Good Friday) Evening Service at 7:30 pm (online registration required).
7. Saturday, May 1. (Great Saturday) Holy Liturgy at 10:00 am.
8. Sunday, May 2 (Easter) Holy Liturgy at 9:00 a.m. (online registration required).
After the Holy Liturgy there will be the consecration of Easter eggs at 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30 and as long as there is a need. A separate message will be sent with registration instructions for Good Friday and Easter. Registration is not required for other days because we do not expect more than 70 parishioners, which is the maximum number of attendees allowed.