Bulletin

 May 24, 2020                                                                   FEAST OF PENTECOST

Heavenly King, Advocate, Spirit of Truth, Who are everywhere present and fill all things, Treasury of Blessings and Bestower of Life, come, and dwell within us; cleanse us of all that defiles us, and, O Good One, save our souls.

First Antiphon: The heavens proclaim the glory of God, and the firmament shows forth the work of His hands. Through the prayers of the Mother of God, O Savior, save us. Day pours out the word to day, and night imparts knowledge to night. Through the prayers of the Mother of God, O Savior, save us. Through all the world their voice resounds; their message reaches to the ends of the earth. Through the prayers of the Mother of God, O Savior, save us. Third Antiphon: O Lord, in Your strength the king is glad; in Your victory how greatly he rejoices. 

Troparion (8): Blessed are You, O Christ our God. You filled the fishermen with wisdom, sending down upon them the Holy Spirit. Through them You have caught the whole world in Your net. O Lover of mankind, glory be to You! You have granted him his heart’s desire; You have not refused the prayers of his lips.

Troparion (8): Blessed are You, O Christ our God. You filled the fishermen with wisdom, sending down upon them the Holy Spirit. Through them You have caught the whole world in Your net. O Lover of mankind, glory be to You! You came to meet him with the blessings of success; You have set on his head a crown of precious stones.

Troparion (8): Blessed are You, O Christ our God. You filled the fishermen with wisdom, sending down upon them the Holy Spirit. Through them You have caught the whole world in Your net. O Lover of mankind, glory be to You! Entrance Hymn: Arise, O Lord in Your power! We will sing and chant the praise of Your might.

Troparion (8): Blessed are You, O Christ our God. You filled the fishermen with wisdom, sending down upon them the Holy Spirit. Through them You have caught the whole world in Your net. O Lover of mankind, glory be to You! Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Now and for ever and ever: Amen.

Kontakion (8): When the Most High descended and confused tongues, He scattered the people; but when He distributed the tongues of fire, He called all men to unity. Therefore, with one voice, let us praise the Most Holy Spirit.

Instead of Holy God…: All you who have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Alleluia. All you who have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Alleluia. All you who have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Alleluia. Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen. Have put on Christ. Alleluia. All you who have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Alleluia.

Prokimenon (8): Through all the world their voice resounds; their, message reaches to the ends of the earth. Verse: The heavens proclaim the glory of God, and the firmament shows forth the work of His hands.

Prokimenon (8): Through all the world their voice resounds; their, message reaches to the ends of the earth.

Epistle: Reading from the Acts of the Holy Apostles. (Acts 2,1-11) In those days, when the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, “Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans? Then how does each of us hear them in his own native language? We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome, both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues the mighty acts of God.”

Alleluia Verses: Verse: By His word the heavens were made; by the breath of His mouth, all the stars. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. Verse: From the heavens the Lord looks forth; He sees all the children of men. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. Gospel: (Jn 7,37-52;8,12) On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood up and exclaimed, “Let anyone who thirsts come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as scripture says: ‘Rivers of living water will flow from within him.’” He said this in reference to the Spirit that those who came to believe in him were to receive. There was, of course, no Spirit yet, because Jesus had not yet been glorified. Some in the crowd who heard these words said, “This is truly the Prophet.” Others said, “This is the Messiah.” But others said, “The Messiah will not come from Galilee, will he? Does not scripture say that the Messiah will be of David's family and come from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?” So a division occurred in the crowd because of him. Some of them even wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him. So the guards went to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why did you not bring him?” The guards answered, “Never before has anyone spoken like this one.” So the Pharisees answered them, “Have you also been deceived? Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, which does not know the law, is accursed.” Nicodemus, one of their members who had come to him ealier, said to them, “Does our law condemn a person before it first hears him and finds out what he is doing?” They answered and said to him, “You are not from Galilee also, are you? Look and see that no prophet arises from Galilee.” Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Instead of It is truly right…  O my soul, extol the one God having three divine persons. Hirmos: Hail, O Queen, glory of virgins and mothers. To adequately praise you is beyond the eloquence of the most cultured tongue. The wonderful manner in which you gave birth to Christ amazes every intelligence. Therefore, with one accord, we, the faithful, extol you.

Communion Verse: Your Good Spirit shall lead me into the land of righteousness. Let not Your Holy Spirit turn away from us; for You love mankind. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

 

Dearest Parishioners and friends:

We might open for Sunday Liturgies towards the end of June or beginning of July. That is great news.  As you also heard in the news all depends on the number of new cases, number of hospitalizations and deaths etc.  We are looking forward to resume our regular worship even if with new conditions and behaviors, that at the end of the story are for our own benefit and safety.  The bishops are keeping the dispensation from attending Sunday Divine Liturgy. I just finished my dinner: Potato Pancakes, sausage, Apple Sauce and sour cream all done by our own ‘Bonnie Team’. It was delicious. Given the circumstances it was a pick up only dinner. They always give you good helpings of healthy Potato Pancakes and the fresh kielbasa was out of this world. Thank you to all the team and thank you to those that came to support us. Bonnie also told me they did a “sold out” on the Pierogies and Holubcki today.  She said it was a smaller order than usual.  Thanks to Bonnie’s team for all your help in making the pierogis and holubcki.  Please continue to support our fund raisers.      

Mrs. Darlene Peterson sent me an email last Sunday May 24. She and her husband Tom are enjoying themselves down in Florida like every year. She wrote: We will be returning to NY the first week of June, I believe we have to “quarantine” ourselves for two weeks, as per the Governors orders.  I am anxious to see friends and family.  It has been quite a different experience living like this every day. We are considered “high risk”, so we have not ventured out too much. Only to grocery stores and doctor’s appointments (and of course to our Beach).  It will be a pleasure to go to Church again! I see President Trump wants all Churches opened by this weekend, or he says he will override the Governors in the States. Hoping and Praying you and your family are well, and that Evelyn has healed. We are hoping to see the rocket launch this Wednesday, they are sending two men up to the Space Station. No people have gone up for over 9 years. We can see the launch from our deck, but would like to go to the Beach to watch. We just are very cautious around a group of people. Still have a distance ordinance here. Groups of 6 or more are (not) permitted. Well, I must get ready to go to my Brother in laws. At least we can see one family member!” Thank you Darlene for the update we are also looking forward to see you and Tom again.  By the way Evelyn had a little setbacks this week, but her doctors change her meds and treatment, it should help her, thanks for asking but especially for your God pleasing prayers.  Have a safe trip back home and bring us some sunny days from the Sunshine State. (As Bonnie reads this I am sure she is making a note when you are available for the Pierogies making! LOL!) To our parishioners and friends, please consider dropping me an email and a photo with the latest news in your lives for the bulletin.   

Holy Pentecost

This Sunday we celebrate Holy Pentecost.  Our father among the saints St. John Chrysostom says: “In former times men, seized by madness, wanted to build a tower to reach heaven (Babel Tower Genesis 11); but the Lord, by dividing their tongues, divided their evil purpose. So now the Holy Spirit descends upon them in fiery tongues to unify a divided world. The result is something new and strange (mystical).”I often think about the saying: “there are no strangers, only good friends we are yet to meet.” It seems the holy ones of God or saints, treat everyone with such love, respect, acceptance and familiarity, they are constantly unifying the world. This is the work of the Holy Spirit. 

In our Christian tradition, we celebrate the feast day of Pentecost fifty days following Christ’s Resurrection, the latter which is known as Pascha by Eastern Christians.    Pentecost was originally celebrated as a Jewish feast called Shavuot – also known as the “Feast of Weeks” or the “Day of First Fruits”, a celebration of the harvest commanded by God in the book of Leviticus; people were supposed to bring their first and best fruits to God in the temple.   It is called Pentecost because it is fifty days after Passover. The Hebrew word for Passover is Pesach, and Pascha, the Resurrection Day of Christ is a derivative of it.  In Jewish tradition, Pentecost also memorializes the reception of the Law given by God to the people in Exodus from slavery, when Moses descended Mt. Sinai.  God’s first calling to Moses was in the appearance of a burning bush not consumed by fire.  The New Testament Pentecost is the descent of the Holy Spirit in the appearance of tongues of fire upon the apostles and all who were gathered in the upper room.  They had been instructed by Jesus to wait “for what the Father had promised”. 

It is no coincidence that fifty days after Christ’s resurrection – and following Christ’s Ascension to Heaven – on the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came to those present just as Jesus foretold.  Those present included not only the apostles, but women disciples of Christ, His Mother Mary, and other disciples. In this act of supernatural presence, God give us the best He can give us, the gift of Himself in the Holy Spirit. No longer we bring to God our gifts, but God give us the gift of Himself! It is imparted to each the special gifts necessary to build the church Jesus had established (Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord).   The gifts were immediate: to declare the Gospel with an urgency and understanding of what they were about to do – risk their very lives to preach the love of God to the world. In the first Pentecost 3,000 believers were transformed.

Yours as always, 

Fr. Robert 

Liturgical Services Livestreaming Schedule

in the Philadelphia Archeparchy

(updated Friday, May 29, 2020)

Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Philadelphia, Pa.

Pentecost Sunday, May 31, livestreamed Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral will be at 10:30am via Cathedral Facebook.

У неділю Зіслання Святого Духа, 31 травня, буде транслюватись Божественна Літургія наживо з Архикатедрального Собору о 10:30 год. ранку через мережу Facebook.

Для перегляду натисніть на Катедральній сторінці у Facebook на: https://www.facebook.com/Philadelphia-Ukrainian-Catholic-Cathedral-of-the-Immaculate-Conception-139284692765626/

Click on Cathedral Facebook page to watch: https://www.facebook.com/Philadelphia-Ukrainian-Catholic-Cathedral-of-the-Immaculate-Conception-139284692765626/

Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family

Washington, DC

The Divine Liturgy will be livestreamed Sunday 10 am Bilingual until further notice Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/holyfamilyshrine/

Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church

Silver Spring, MD

The Divine Liturgy in Ukrainian will be livestreamed Sundays at 11:30AM until further notice. YouTube: https://tiny.cc/htucc Facebook: https://facebook.com/HTUCCMD/

St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church Newark, New Jersey

Divine Liturgies will be livestreamed: Monday to Saturday 8 am Ukrainian Sundays: 8:30 am English, 10 am Ukrainian

During May, Moleben to the Mother of God: Monday to Friday 6pm Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/St.JohnUkrainianCatholicChurchNewarkNJ/

St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church

Whippany, New Jersey

The Divine Liturgy in English will be broadcast at 5 PM on Saturdays and in Ukrainian/English at 10 AM on Sundays until further notice. Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/St-John-the-Baptist-Ukrainian-Catholic-Church-112583470375669/

Ss. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church

Berwick, Pa.

Open for Public Services

The Divine Liturgy will be livestreamed on Saturday at 5:30 pm in English

Sunday: Great Matins at 9:00 am and Divine Liturgy at 10:30 am. In English Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/Ss-Cyril-Methodius-Ukrainian-Catholic-Church-1521830254764142/

Ss. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church

Bridgeport, Pa.

The Divine Liturgy will be livestreamed Saturday at 6 pm in English and Sunday at 9 am Ukrainian until further notice. Youtube link: https://youtu.be/KCMD73t8F0g You can also click on this link to go to Father Ron's YouTube Channel.

For more information visit parish website at www.sspeterpaulukrchurch.us

St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church

Frackville, Pa.

The Divine Liturgy will be livestreamed Sunday at 9 am until further notice.

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/stmichaelsukrainianchurchfrackville/ A few hours after liturgy on https://www.youtube.com/ - Search for St Michaels Frackville

St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church

Hazleton, Pa.

Sunday 8 a.m. Divine Liturgy will be Open to the Faithful

No Live Stream/video.

St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church

Jenkintown, Pa.

The Divine Liturgy will be livestreamed Sunday at 10 am until further notice. Facebook link:https://m.facebook.com/myhailivka/?ref=bookmarks

St. Mary’s (Patronage) Ukrainian Catholic Church McAdoo, Pa. Saturday 5 p.m. Divine Liturgy will be livestreamed.

Sunday 10 a.m. Divine Liturgy will be livestreamed.

Sunday Divine Liturgy will be Open to the Faithful

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/St-Marys-Ukrainian-Catholic-Church-Mcadoo-PA-1405436026338802/

Ss. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church

Mt. Carmel, Pa.

Services are not livestreamed but are recorded and then posted Sundays on

YouTube at SS Peter And Paul Mt Carmel Pa until further notice.

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/SsPeterAndPaulMC/

Ss. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church

Olyphant, Pa.

The Divine Liturgy will be livestreamed Sunday at 9 am on Facebook and then uploaded to YouTube until further notice.

During May, Moleben to the Mother of God: Wednesdays 6pm Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/PATRICKMARCINKOIII?fref=search&__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARAJdEfSt-2q4l9ENpwj955asc33ZTHZRsxwi45w1jNyXKQqRtbfooWuRBk3-3PI1MK4FktAXljvolce Youtube link: https://stcyrils.weconnect.com

Link to parish website: https.//stcyrils.weconnect.com

Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church

Philadelphia, Pa.  The Divine Liturgy will be livestreamed Sunday at 10 am until further notice. Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/yaroslav.kurpel

Transfiguration of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Church

Shamokin, Pa.  Divine Liturgy may be accessed by typing Scicchitano Scicchitano on YouTube. You will be offered Daily, Sunday and Holy Day Divine Liturgies as choices. Services are not livestreamed but are recorded and then posted on YouTube at Scicchitano Scicchitano until further notice.

St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church

Warrington, Pa.

The Divine Liturgy will be livestreamed Sunday at 9 am until further notice. Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Annes-Ukrainian-Catholic-Church/111686432200568