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The Church Year

In the Ukrainian Catholic Church, the liturgical year begins on September 1st. Throughout the year, the faithful witness and observe various feasts that honor Christ, the most holy Mother of God, the martyrs, apostles and saints. Throughout the church liturgical year, there are many feasts that are ascribed the denotation of “major” feasts and, supplementary to these feasts, the Ukrainian Catholic Church also celebrates “minor” feasts.

The following is a list of the church’s “major” feasts:

September 8th The Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God [article]
September 14th The Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross [article]
October 1st The Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God
November 8th The Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Other Bodiless Powers of Heaven (This is the patronal feast of our faith community)
November 21st The Entrance of the Most Holy Mother of God into the Temple
December 6th Our Holy Father Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra and Lycia (This is the patronal feast of our sister community, Saint Nicholas, in Saint Clair, PA)
December 9th The Conception of Saint Anna
December 25th The Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
January 1st The Circumcision of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Saint Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia
January 6th The Holy Theophany of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
February 2nd The Encounter of our Lord with Simeon
March 25th The Annunciation of the Most Holy Mother of God
June 29th The Chief Apostles Peter and Paul
August 6th The Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
August 15th The Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God

As you can see, the majority of these feasts commemorate events that occurred during the lives of Christ and His Most Holy Mother. Each feast bears its own significance within the liturgical cycle of our Church Year.

The liturgical cycle for Great Lent and Easter, or Pascha as we call it in the Christian East, has a cycle of its own, beginning with the Lenten Triodion, progressing into Great and Holy Week. The glorious and holy Sunday of the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ begins the Paschal season that concludes on “Green” Sunday or Pentecost.

It is the duty of every Christian to seek education in the Faith. During our baptism, we, as Christians take vows to live and grow with our Faith acknowledging Jesus Christ as our Teacher. Please take this opportunity to educate yourself and learn about the mysteries, beliefs, traditions, and feasts of our church.

This section just serves as a couple reminders of some of the motions Ukrainian Catholics practice when they enter the temple for Divine Services. We invite you to join us in these practices when you come to pray with us.

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