OLEH CHORNOHUZ and RUSSIAN LANGUAGE
For those friends of
yours that still wonder why Ukrainians resent the Russians...
Here is the opinion of one Ukrainian patriot, Oleh Chornohuz, with which no other patriot could possibly disagree: Read Complete Quote
Overcoming division and subordination of one Church to another are different things
On June 8, 2010 in Istanbul a meeting was held between President of
Ukraine Victor Yanukovych and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. This
meeting testifies to respect that the head of the state extends towards
the Mother-Church of Constantinople and the attention paid by the
Ecumenical Patriarch to Ukraine.
During his tenure of
presidential office Victor Fedorovych Yanukovych met several times with
Metropolitan Volodymyr, Primate of the UOC-MP, two times with Patriarch
Kirill of Moscow and now he met with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
Judging by the president’s words that “one cannot build strong country
without faith”, one should expect him to meet with heads of other
Ukrainian Christian confessions and religious organizations.
Kyiv Patriarchate is grateful to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for
his prayers for Ukraine and the unity of the Ukrainian Church. We hope
that the Mother Church of Constantinople will continue acting not just
prayerfully, but by other means, in accordance with the assumed burden
of primacy in Orthodoxy, on the lines of overcoming church division in
Ukraine, provoked by non-canonical actions of the Moscow Patriarchate,
keeping in mind the words of Christ “and whoever wishes to be first
among you shall be slave of all” (Mark 10:44).
On our part we
have to state that the Kyiv Patriarchate did not secede from the
Orthodox Church for we unfailingly confess Orthodox faith and perform
canonical prescriptions in our church life, We separated from the Moscow
Patriarchate and do not recognize its authority over Ukrainian Church
– but the Patriarchate of Constantinople itself stated in the Tomos of
Autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in Poland (1924) that joining of the
Kyiv Metropolis to the Moscow Patriarchate in 1686 was carried out
regardless of prescriptions of the canon law and therefore is illegal.
we do not fully understand an idea expressed by His Holiness Patriarch
Bartholomew when he said: “all our brothers who seceded should come back
to the canonical Church”. What is the Ecumenical Patriarch speaking
Does His All Holiness mean returning of the Kyiv
Metropolis, which was illegally separated by Moscow, to the previous
canonical order and subordination to the Throne of Constantinople? In
such an instance these words should be addressed to Moscow Patriarchate
that illegally retains power over the Church in Ukraine. It is obvious
that His Holiness the Patriarch had an opportunity to get this viewpoint
across to Patriarch Kirill of Moscow in the course of his recent visit
Could His Holiness possibly refer to subordination
of the Kyiv Patriarchate to the Moscow Patriarchate? If that is the
case, this idea does not conform to the stance of Constantinople as for
non-canonicity of the power of Moscow over the Ukrainian Church that we
know for sure from the Tomos mentioned.
Did His Holiness Patriarch
Bartholomew possibly have in mind subordination of our hierarchy,
clergy and faithful to his Throne? But neither the bishops nor the
priests and laity of the Kyiv Patriarchate have ever separated from the
Patriarchate of Constantinople, for they have never been under its
authority. And those who have not separated cannot return to unity. If
we consider this issue in the historical context, for a longtime the
Kyiv Metropolis had resisted attempts of the Moscow hierarchs to
subordinate it for all it is worth, and had unfailingly preserved unity
with the Throne of Constantinople – till the time when, to our mutual
regret, the patriarch of that time, subduing to pressure and for rich
gifts, illegally issued the charter on the strength of which Moscow
gained power over our Metropolis.
Thus, from the words of His
Holiness the Patriarch that we know it is yet unclear what particular
ways of overcoming division of the Church in Ukraine he sees except
fervent prayers that we share and lift up to the Throne of God.
only comprehensible interpretation of His Holiness Bartholomew’s words
for us is that he referred to returning of all the Orthodox in Ukraine
to the prayerful and Eucharistic communion, which is a manifestation of
the Church unity. It is against our will that we have no such unity, but
we are always ready to do all possible to restore it. Though it is our
firm conviction that overcoming church division and subordination of one
Church to another are different things and one cannot be replaced by
In the history of both the Patriarchates of
Constantinople and Moscow there were precedents of breaking the
Eucharistic unity – between it and other Churches, and even inside it.
However we see that these breaks – between Constantinople and the
Churches of Greece and Bulgaria, between Moscow and the Church of
Georgia and American Metropolis – were coped with not by means of
subordination, but through reconciliation and recognition of
autocephaly. Misunderstandings that emerged in Estonia and Great
Britain also do not prevent Eucharistic communion of the two
Therefore on our part we insistently and
unalterably strive for restoration of Eucharistic communion with all the
Local Churches – and hope that His All Holiness the Ecumenical
Patriarch will further this good deed in a fatherly manner.
for participation of the Ukrainian state and its head in overcoming of
the existing inter-church controversies, the stance of the Kyiv
Patriarchate was stated straight and clearly in the letter of the Holy
Synod addressed to Victor Yanukovych, dated May 14, 2010.
completion we have to note that enjoying the freedom of preaching and
faith confession, running freely our churches, monasteries and education
establishments, it is with pain and sorrow that we observe the
limitations imposed on the Patriarchate of Constantinople by the state
laws of its country of residence. Having possibility to gather for
prayers in thousands of churches and to hold sacred processions freely,
we regret that our Mother-Church is in such restrained conditions, and
in spite of all efforts, cannot change them for the better. We pray for
her and ask God to grant her the freedom of faith, worship, education
and preaching that we enjoy in our country.
of the Kyiv Patriarchy
Good news for the former ROCOR parish of the Holy Trinity in Oxnard, CA
This case has much in common with the lawsuits filed by the former bishops of The Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Bound Brook against Holy Acsension in Clifton, NJ. We are pleased to see that the former ROCOR parish has stuck to their principles and has won this case. It is a shame that the hierarchs in both cases would not honor the will of the people who built and support the parishes.
News from Holy Trinity Eastern Orthodox Church
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Lawsuit Against Holy Trinity Eastern Orthodox Church Dismissed
by Ventura County Superior Court
Oxnard, Calif. – March 26, 2010 – Holy Trinity Eastern Orthodox Church, founded in Oxnard more than 40 years ago by refugees who escaped from the former Soviet Union, has prevailed in a lawsuit brought against it by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR). The Ventura County Superior Court has entered judgment in favor of Holy Trinity, ending ROCOR's attempt to confiscate the church's property.
Holy Trinity was founded by Russian immigrants, many of whom lost family members and loved ones in the wake of the Soviet government's persecution of Orthodox Christians. These refugees came to Ventura County to work in agriculture after World War II, and became patriotic American citizens.
In 1965, construction began on Holy Trinity's beautiful church building, located on Alvarado Street in Oxnard. Funded entirely by member donations, the church, bearing the typical Byzantine domes and elaborate icons, was completed in 1966. A plaque on the outside of the church expresses the founders' gratitude to America, and the church's articles of incorporation pledge always to uphold the U.S. Constitution.
In March 2007, after much prayer and deliberation, the members of Holy Trinity voted unanimously to separate from ROCOR after it announced plans to reunite with the Moscow-based Russian hierarchy. Holy Trinity disagreed with that course because most of its members still remember the Moscow church's collaboration with the Soviet authorities during the Cold War.
In April 2007, ROCOR sued Holy Trinity and several of its volunteer leaders, demanding that the church forfeit all of its property – the same property that the individual members of Holy Trinity sacrificed to build. After two years of litigation, the Superior Court dismissed ROCOR's complaint and entered judgment for Holy Trinity.
This now ends the litigation and allows Holy Trinity to focus on preserving and sharing the Orthodox Faith with the Oxnard community. Holy Trinity holds worship services every Sunday at 2784 Alvarado Street in Oxnard.
Holy Acsension Parish blesses Monument to The Genocide Famine "Holodomor"
There is no historical precedent as to the scale and cruelty of the murder of millions of Ukrainians by forced starvation in the years of 1932 - 1933.
The atrocity is so unique that it required a new word: Holodomor, which is now recognized in most languages as torture by starvation and exclusively refers to 1932-1933 atrocities.
The man responsible for the atrocity is Stalin and the regime the former Soviet Union.
On Saturday November 6, 2010 the monument was officially blessed by His Holiness Patriarch Filaret during his archpastoral visit to the parishes of The Vicariate of The Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kyiv Patriarchate in The United States.
Please help us make humankind aware that such events did happen and should never be forgotten.
To Make a Donation, please contact:
Ukrainian Orthodox Holy Ascension Cathedral
635 Broad Street
Clifton, NJ 07013
President: Wolodymyr Mohuchy
Tel: (973) 661-4949
On Sunday November 14, 2010 during the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy celebrated by His Holiness Patriarch Filaret at St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox church in Bloomingdale, IL, James Lewandowski was ordained into the diaconate. Father James was assigned by His Holiness Patriarch Filaret to Sts. Peter and Paul parish in Cornell, IL. Father James was a sub-deacon for many years at St. Nicholas parish in Homewood, IL under Rev. Boris Zabrodsky. Father Deacon James will serve with Sts. Peter and Paul pastor Rev. Stefan McInnes. May God grant Father Deacon James many years of service in The Holy Ukrainian Orthodox Church! Mnohaya Lita!
First Saturday of Great Lent
St Theodore the Recruit
First Saturday of Great Lent
Today we remember the miracle of St. Theadore and the boiled wheat. Fifty years after the death of St. Theodore, the emperor Julian the Apostate (361-363), wanting to commit an outrage upon the Christians, commanded the city-commander of Constantinople during the first week of Great Lent to sprinkle all the food provisions in the marketplace with the blood offered to idols. St. Theodore appeared in a dream to Archbishop Eudoxius, ordering him to inform all the Christians that no one should buy anything at the marketplaces, but rather to eat cooked wheat with honey (kolyva)
In memory of this occurrence, the Orthodox Church annually celebrates the holy Great Martyr Theodore the Recruit on the first Saturday of Great Lent. On Friday evening, at the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts following the prayer at the ambo, the Cannon to the holy Great Martyr Theodore, composed by St. John of Damascus, is sung. After this, kolyva is blessed and distributed to the faithful.The celebration of the Great Martyr Theodore on the first Saturday of Great Lent was set by the Patriarch Nectarius of Constantinople (381-397)
The Toparion to St Theodore is quite similar to the Toparion for the Prophet Daniel and the Three Holy Youths (December 17, Sunday before Nativity). The Kontakion to St. Theodore, who suffered martyrdom by fire, reminds us that he also had faith as his breastplate (see I Thessalonians 5:8)
Submitted by: Fr. Deacon James Lewandowski St. Peter and Paul Mission ParishUOC-KP