Catechesis

CHILDREN’S CATECHESIS – Kindergarten – Grade 8

– SUNDAYS from 11:00AM – 12:00PM
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«Christ called twelve apostles (meaning those who are sent). Upon them he founded the Church and sent them into the world to preach the Gospel: “He called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message” (Mk 3, 13-14). The apostolic ministry continues in the ministry of the Church hierarchy and in the apostolate (mission) of all the faithful. “The Church, though dispersed throughout the whole world, even to the ends of the earth, has received from the apostles and their disciples this faith… {and} carefully preserves it… proclaiming and teaching them… with perfect harmony, as if she possessed only one mouth” (Saint Irenaeus of Lyons). For this reason, in the Symbol of Faith we profess the Church of Christ to be apostolic. The apostolicity of the Church is realized in the ministry of bishops, priests, deacons, monastics, and laity, who work together for the sake of salvation of the whole world.»
(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 294)
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When we confess our sins with humility and sincerity, we receive forgiveness and are reunited with God and our brothers and sisters.

Christians are called to keep alive the memory of how much God has done through them.

The Lord is present in our lives, showing us all His love and encouraging us to respond with generosity.

Pope Francis @Pontifex

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PASTORAL OF THE UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC HIERARCHY OF THE U.S.A. “CALL TO PRAYER IN OUR FAMILIES”
January 26, 2018

This is the way the rest of our entire life could pass us by. The problem is that we identify ourselves with our body and aspire to attain happiness on the physical level. However, the human being is comprised not only of a body, because there is also a soul. That is why, Saint Augustine, reflecting on this understanding of our nature, says: “My heart is restless until it finds its rest in the Lord”.

Our dwelling with the Lord, our prayer, fills us with the understanding as to how and what we should do, what to avoid, and how to build relationships with people. In this manner, we begin to be ever more aware of what God really wants of us in this case or in a different situation. The quality of our prayer may be seen from the way we are afterwards. Our prayer puts an imprint on our entire life!
We can frequently think that conversation with God, which is prayer, is a useless waste of time. The reason might also be that we ourselves do not completely understand how important it is for us to abide with our Creator. We are materialistic because we live in this materialistic world. Throughout life, we devote much time to everyday matters or concerns, although we see how little time we spend in prayer. Very often, owing to a lack of prayer, we stumble upon a mistaken conviction and make the incorrect choice. We can be certain that the root of all our negative conditions, problems, and crisis is the same ― neglect of prayer. From personal experience, each one of us knows that, when we are “watchful” about prayer, then everything else also goes well, in harmony and uniformity with God.
Exactly for this reason we call upon all Christian families to nurture shared morning and evening prayer in the family circle. Especially we encourage you to gather together and pray as a family in your homes at 9:00 o’clock in the evening (regardless of time zones). We should pray, each one for their needs: for the family as well as the parish, for the eparchy and the entire Church, for peace in Ukraine and USA, for vocations and other intentions. Therefore, let us begin this year with prayer together, with reflection on God’s Word, in selfless service to one another and with trust in God!
As a basis for our prayer we can use the “Introductory Prayers” starting with “Heavenly King”,through the “Our Father” and adding the “Hail Mary”. (…)
We also encourage our pastors to facilitate weekly or periodic prayer meetings with the faithful. It can be an opportunity to share experiences about prayer and to grow in our faith. The Catechism of the Ukrainian Catholic Church can serve as an excellent source for learning and reflection on our faith. Excerpts read during the prayer meetings and before or after our worship gatherings may facilitate greater insight into the power of faith in our daily life.
Your hierarchy of the Ukrainian Catholic Church join in solidarity with you with our fervent and steadfast prayers offered for all. Let us gather in our families at home, and in our parish and eparchial families for shared prayer. We love you and we pray for you.
+Stefan Soroka, Archbishop of Philadelphia for Ukrainians – Metropolitan of Ukrainian Catholics in the United States; +Paul Chomnycky, OSBM, Eparch of Stamford; +Benedict Aleksiychuk (author) Eparch of St. Nicholas in Chicago; + Bohdan J. Danylo, Eparch of St. Josaphat in Parma; +John Bura
Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia; +Andriy Rabiy. Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia
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Christ, the Good Shepherd, who came to find the ‘lost sheep’ calls all to repentance: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4, 17). Without repentance, there can be neither salvation nor new life. In the Parable of the Prodigal Son, Christ reveals the essence of repentance as a return to the Father and the acceptance of his gift of forgiveness. In repentance, we come to know God as a loving and merciful Father. He accepts repentant sinners and rejoices at their conversion, ‘for he is good and loves mankind’.

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 780)

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The most radical antidote to the virus of falsehood is purification by the truth.

There is no better medicine to heal so many wounds than a heart capable of mercy.

Pope Francis @Pontifex
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Repentance forms the foundation of Christian spirituality, since all movement toward God, inaugurated by him and suggested by his grace, is characterized by repentance. The beginning of this movement is a fundamental interior change (conversion) which brings about a new way of seeing oneself, others, and the Lord God. The goal of this movement is liberation from sin and a return to the fullness of life in God. During Matins on the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee we sing: “Open to me the doors of repentance, O Giver of life. As we worship in your temple this morning, teach us how to purify the temples of our bodies, and in your compassion, purify me by the goodness of your mercies.
(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 782 )

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Confessing our sins may be difficult for us, but it brings us peace. We are sinners, and we need God’s forgiveness.

We are all sinners. But may the Lord not let us be hypocrites. Hypocrites don’t know the meaning of forgiveness, joy and the love of God.

How to live a good marriage? United to the Lord, who always renews our love and strengthens it to overcome every difficulty.

Pope Francis @Pontifex

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In the simplicity of the nativity scene we encounter and contemplate the tenderness of God which reveals itself in the Baby Jesus.

In the name of Jesus, with our witness, we can prove that peace is possible.

The Family is the harmonious union of differences between a man and a woman. When it’s open to life and to others it’s even more authentic.

God is in love with us. He draws us to Him with tenderness by being born poor and fragile among us, like one of us.

Pope Francis @Pontifex

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«The summit of God’s Revelation is the Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary. In his words and deeds he revealed the love of God the Father. The apostles, Christ’s disciples, received the Word of God and proclaimed the good news about him to the whole world. They witnessed to Christ by the word of their preaching and by the example of their lives. The mission of the apostles was taken up by their successors, the Holy Father of the Church, who preserved and safeguarded the unbroken continuity of Apostolic Tradition by means of the episcopal succession down to our times».

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 14)

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Only in the silence of prayer can you learn to listen to the voice of God.

The mission of schools and teachers is to develop an understanding of all that is true, good and beautiful.

Pope Francis @Pontifex
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«Even having lost true knowledge of God because of the fall, a human being does not stop seeking the One who is the origin of all things. Speaking about this search to the inhabitants of Athens, the Holy apostle Paul said: “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god’. What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands’ (Acts 17, 22-24).»

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 25)

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«Encountering Jesus can give a decisive direction to our life, filling it with meaning.»

«Charity is more authentic and incisive when it is lived in communion.»

«Joy multiplies when you share it!»

«I appeal for peace and disarmament: in this world wounded by violence, we need fraternity among peoples.»

Pope Francis @Pontifex

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«The more Jesus occupies the centre of our lives, the more He allows us to come out of ourselves and brings us closer to others.»

«In the Cross our hope is reborn. Hope born of the Cross is different from that of the world, because it is born of the love of Jesus.»

«Let us find the courage to purify our hearts by removing the rocks and thorns which choke
the Word of God.»

Pope Francis @Pontifex

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«When Adam and Eve transgressed the commandment, they severed their bond with God. Their choice became the cause of death, and the “tree of knowledge of good and evil” became its instrument. The cross was also such an instrument of death, prepared on Golgotha for the Son of God, Jesus Christ. However, by accepting death on the cross, he transformed the instrument of death, the cross, into a “tree of life”: “Truly, O Christ, the tree of life has blossomed. For the cross, planted in the earth, fed with blood and water from your pure side, has put forth life for us”. It has become a life-giving cross.

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 139)
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Today there are many who hunger for God, who hunger for dignity. As Christians, we must help them to be satiated by God.

Charity helps us to know the truth and truth calls for acts of kindness.

Truth is an inseparable companion of justice and mercy.

Pope Francis @Pontifex
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«The Cross occupies an important place in every church. We see it on the Holy Table, and on the analoy or tetrapod. It crowns the iconostasis, and in the sanctuary we see it behind the Holy Table. It also crowns churches, chapels and graves. The Cross is the sign of Christ’s victory over sin and death, the manifestation of God’s love for us. For this reason we venerate the Cross by prostrating ourselves before it and kissing it».

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 641)

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«Devotion to the Mother of God has deep roots in the Kyivan tradition. Grand Prince Yaroslav the Wise consecrated Rus’-Ukraine to the Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God. Many churches were built and many icons written in her honor. The most famous icons of the Kyivan princely period, written in the Byzantine tradition, are the following: the Vyshhorod Icon (today known as the Vladimir Icon), and the Belz Icon (known today as the Czestochowa Icon). From this tradition, the unique form of Ukrainian iconography developed. The facial characteristics of the Mother of God on Ukrainian icons are kind and gentle; her gaze is warm and heartfelt».

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 314)
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May the Virgin Mary obtain for us the grace to be enlivened by the Holy Spirit, so we can witness to Christ with evangelical honesty.

Being men and women of the Church means being men and women of communion.

Mary, Our Mother, sustain us in moments of darkness, difficultly and apparent defeat.

Pope Francis @Pontifex
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«The holy apostle Paul teaches that our faith in God and his Revelation is born as a response to the Word that is heard (Epistle to the Romans 10, 17). Therefore, the Church from the very beginning, as we read in the Acts of the Apostles, proclaimed the risen Christ (in Greek, kerygma) and taught the faith (in Greek katekhesis; see Acts of the Apostles 2, 14-41). Kerygma is the proclamation of the Paschal event of the Death and Resurrection of Christ, manifested in the witness of the life of a Christian community. Kerygma is united with the call to believe in Jesus Christ. Faith leads to conversion, reception of Baptism, and readiness to follow Christ: “In this do I believe and will not be ashamed; before the nations I will profess this faith, and for its profession I will lay down my life” (Ilarion, Metropolitan of Kyiv, Confession of Faith).

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 53)
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“We always need to rediscover God’s love and mercy in order to develop our relationship with Him.”

“May nothing stop you from living and growing in your Heavenly Father’s friendship, and from witnessing to His infinite goodness and mercy.”

Pope Francis @Pontifex

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«With boldness, the Church addresses the Mother of God, the first to be divinized by grace, with the words, “Most holy Mother of God, save us”. The Church does so with the understanding that it is God’s grace that saves and acts in her. Her peaceful death, tranquil as sleep in the fullness of grace, became an awakening into heaven itself; it is appropriately called the Dormition (Falling-Asleep). The Dormition of the Mother of God is portrayed on the icon of the feast as a birth into heaven: Christ holds in his arms the soul of Mary, wrapped in swaddling clothes. In the celebration of the Dormition, the Church professes that in her death the Mother of God did not undergo bodily corruption, but has been “translated from earth to heaven” (Stichera at Vesper, Feast of Dormition) “raised body and soul into heavenly glory by the Lord” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 966). From among the human race, the Mother of God was the first to be glorified in her body. This is an image of our own resurrection as well. The Mother of God, being the Mother of Life, was transferred to Life; and “in her Dormition she did not abandon the world” (Troparion, Feast of Dormition). Her constant intercession before the Creator is celebrated by the Church in the feast of the Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God (October 1/14); “Today the Virgin stands before us in the church and together with the choirs of saints invisibly prays to God for us” (Kontakion, Feast of Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary).

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 313)
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«Hope is the virtue of a heart that doesn’t lock itself into darkness, that doesn’t dwell on the past, but is able to see a tomorrow.»

«Forgiveness sets our hearts free and allows us to start anew. Forgiveness gives hope. Without forgiveness, the Church is not built up.»

«Jesus does not leave us alone because we are precious to Him.»

Pope Francis @Pontifex

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«In unified conciliar fashion, the Church professes Mary, the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, to be the God-bearing One (Ukrainian: Bohorodytsia) or Mother of God and Ever-Virgin; and the Church venerates her in the feasts of the liturgical year and in icons. At Marian feasts, the Church prayerfully commemorates the saving events of the life of the Mother of God: the Conception by Saint Anne, the Mother of God’s Nativity, her Entrance into the Temple, the Annunciation, the Encounter in the Temple, and her Dormition. The Church sees in her the perfect model for our growth in holiness.»

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 311)
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In Mary we see that humility is not a virtue of the weak but of the strong who don’t have to treat others badly to feel important.

The journey of entrusting ourselves to the Lord begins every day, starting each morning.

Mary’s Assumption regards our future: it turns our gaze heavenward announcing the new heaven and new earth with Christ’s victory.

Pope Francis @Pontifex

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«The Incarnation of the Son of God is the eternal divine plan for salvation: ‘God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life’ (Jn 3, 16). Precisely this love towards humanity – his love for humankind (in Greek – philanthrophia) – brought about the coming of God into the world. The Fall of the human race did not put a stop to God’s love: ‘Merciful Saviour, you loved me much when I was at enmity with you; in strange self-emptying you came to earth… While remaining still upon the heights of your ineffable glory, you glorified me, formerly so disgraced’ (Sunday Matins, Canon of the Resurrection, Canticle 4).

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 182)
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«The Gospel is Good News filled with contagious joy, for it contains and offers new life».

«We effectively do good when we do it without seeking reward and in the concrete situations of everyday life».

Pope Francis @Pontifex

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«A sign of the coming of the kingdom of God is the preaching of the Good News (the Gospel): “Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the good news of God, and saying: ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the gospel’” (Mk 1, 14-15). The Divine Word, the Son of God, spoke in all his power and with full authority. We read, “Never has anyone spoken like this!” (Jn 7, 46). The word spoken by Christ is not his own, but the word of the Father, who sent him (Jn 14, 24). The power of Christ’s word is professed by the apostle Peter: “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life! (Jn 6, 68).

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 209)

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«When we need help, let us turn to the Father who always looks on us with love and never abandons us.»

«Let us be led by the Virgin Mary on the path that leads to the holy mountain that is Christ, where God and man meet.»

Pope Francis @Pontifex

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«Christ began his public ministry with the proclamation: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news” (Mk 1,15). The kingdom of God is personified in Jesus Christ. One becomes a participant of the kingdom through faith in Christ and by holy Baptism: “The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned” (Mk 16, 16; see also Jn 3, 5). We were created for the kingdom of God: “Whatsoever good things are sown in the human soul, these are the offspring of the kingdom of God and have been sown by God the Word, who was in the beginning with God” (Origen, Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew). The Kingdom of God is the will of the Father, announced by the Son and fulfilled in the Holy Spirit. This “Blessed …kingdom of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” will last “forever and ever”.»

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 203)

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«A Christian’s mission in the world is splendid, it is a mission intended for everyone, it is a mission of service, excluding no one!

Pope Francis @Pontifex

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«The Holy Fathers of the Church were witnesses of the Apostolic Tradition. They defended its purity and aligned their own theological teaching with it. The fullness of God’s Revelation is found in Christ Jesus. However, in the course of history, the Church has progressively uncovered the depths of this Revelation. In their sermons and explanations, the Fathers of the Church further deepened the understanding of Apostolic Tradition and professed it in a conciliar fashion. Their heritage is an integral part of Holy Tradition. In the course of each liturgical year, the Church commemorates the Holy Fathers, who clearly defined at Ecumenical Councils that which in the Church has been believed always, everywhere, and by all.»

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 57)
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“Migrants are our brothers and sisters in search of a better life,
far away from poverty, hunger, and war”.

Pope Francis @Pontifex
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«The bearer of God’s grace in the world is Christ’s Church. Through the ministrations of the Holy Mysteries, by means of sanctification and blessing, she apportions grace to those who believe in Christ. Through prayer, ascetical effort, and a life of virtue, Christians grow in the grace of the Holy Spirit to the fullness of divinization. Transfigured by grace, human nature abides in God’s nature, ‘without division or confusion’. At the same time, in humankind and through humankind, the nature of all creation is transfigured to its final consummation, as ‘a new heaven and a new earth’ (Revelation 21, 1).»

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 267)

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«Go forth and reach out to all people at the margins of society! Go there and be the Church, with the strength of the Holy Spirit.»

«Each one of us is precious; each one of us is irreplaceable in God’s eyes.»

«There is great need to feed Christian hope, which gives us a new view capable of discovering and seeing the good.»

Pope Francis @Pontifex

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«Let us not be distracted by the false wisdom of this world, but to follow Jesus as the one sure guide who gives meaning to our life.»

«We must not turn our backs on the new forms of poverty and marginalization that prevent people from living a life of dignity.»

«Love requires a creative, concrete response. Good intentions are not enough. The other is not a statistic, but a person to take care of.»

Pope Francis @Pontifex
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«The grace of the Holy Spirit is indispensable for humankind’s salvation. Although gifted with an intellect and will, without grace, a human being is only a soul and body, because it does not understand the Spirit of God (Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky, The Gift of Pentecost). Being conscious of the absolute necessity of divine grace, the Church begins every divine service with the prayer “Heavenly King” thus invoking the Holy Spirit. The liturgical invocation of the Holy Spirit (in Greek, epiklesis) “upon us and these gifts here present” completes the consecration of the Holy Gifts and our own selves.

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 260)

«The Holy Spirit bestows upon us a wealth of gifts. And though there is one Spirit, there are many gifts (1 Cor. 12, 4). “There is not a single gift that creation possesses that has not come from the Holy Spirit” (Saint Basil the Great, On the Holy Spirit, 19, 49). The Holy Spirit brings meaning and purpose to the history of humankind, directing it toward Christ, the Divine Logos. The Holy Spirit is the Source and Giver of every human life. It is the Holy Spirit who creates humankind in the image of Christ, making it a living soul, his temple and the dwelling place of the Most Holy Trinity».

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 256)
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Let us allow ourselves to be humbly led by the Holy Spirit in order to avoid taking the wrong road and closing our hearts.

We must never forget that the natural environment is a collective good, the patrimony of all humanity and the responsibility of everyone.

The Church needs everyday saints, those of ordinary life carried out with coherence.

Humility and tenderness are not virtues of the weak, but of the strong.

Pope Francis @Pontifex

 

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«In his Ascension, Christ raised renewed human nature to divine glory. The liturgical stichera of the Ascension feast sings of the open “doors to heaven” and how Christ enters “into heaven,” where he is greeted by angelic powers in fear and trepidation. He is lifted up “upon the clouds,” above the cherubim and “higher” than heaven. As God, to him belongs a “place” at the right of the Father…” 

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 237)

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«During the forty days after his Resurrection, Christ appeared to his disciples, confirming them in faith. He then ascended into heaven and was seated at the right hand of the Father: “He led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy” (Lk 24, 50-52; Mk 16, 19).

The apostles’ joy lies in the fact that in his Ascension Christ does not abandon the world: “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Mt 28, 20). Christ invisibly abides in the world, in which humanity is called to attain salvation. The apostles receive from Christ the blessing and commission to preach the Gospel to all creation (Mt 16, 15) and to make disciples of all nations, baptizing and teaching them to observe all that Christ commanded them (Mt 28, 9-20).

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 236)

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«Our hope is the Lord Jesus whom we recognize as living and present in us and in our brothers and sisters».        

Pope Francis @Pontifex

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«By its very name, Christ – Our Pascha, our Catechism already points to the Paschal foundations of faith: Christ has “trampled death by death”, and by his Resurrection “has granted life eternal”. Faith in the Resurrection of Christ leads us to faith in God – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; for Christ, the Son of God, “one in the Holy Trinity”, in the Holy Spirit has revealed God the Father to us. The Church solemnly professes this faith of the apostles in the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Symbol of Faith”.

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 6)

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«By his resurrection, Jesus Christ has set us free from the slavery of sin and death, and has opened before us the way to eternal life.»

«Let’s work together to increase solidarity and sharing. Cooperation helps to build better and more peaceful societies

«May our attitude be gentle and humble, attentive to caring for the poor                                          

Pope Francis @Pontifex

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«Concerning faith in the risen Christ as the very source of Christian life, the apostle Peter preached the following: “Jesus of Nazareth …God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power… This Jesus God raised up, and of that we are all witnesses” (Acts of the Apostles 2:22-24,32). The significance of the Resurrection for our salvation is affirmed by the apostle Paul: “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile” (1 Corinthians 15, 17). Thus, for almost two thousand years, the Church has unceasingly witnessed and preached the Resurrection of Christ in order that people may believe and be saved: “How are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? … So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:14,17).»                                                               

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 2)

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«He died, He was buried. He rose and He appeared. Jesus is alive! This is the heart of the Christian message.»                                                           

Pope Francis @Pontifex


«The growth of the Christian in deification is marked by the services of the Sundays from Pascha to Pentecost: it begins with the encounter with the Risen Christ (Sunday of Pascha, Thomas Sunday, and Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women), which leads to radical changes in particular persons – and in us as well (Sundays of the Paralytic, of the Samaritan Woman, and of the Man born blind). The image of “living water” at the feast of Mid-Pentecost indicates the promise of the Holy Spirit, through whose grace we receive divinization»                                                             

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 572)

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«Let us meditate with wonder and gratitude on the great mystery of the Lord’s resurrection».

«Since Christ is resurrected, we can look with new eyes and new heart at every event of our lives, even the most negative one»

Pope Francis @Pontifex

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«The source of Christian life is faith in the risen Christ. This faith, formulated by the Church in the Nicene Creed, also known as the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Symbol of Faith, is expressed in her liturgical prayer. Through this liturgical prayer we become partakers of Christ’s Passover – partakers of new life in Christ. In this new life, we grow by means of spiritual work and moral effort…»                                 

 (Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 1)

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«Once we have ‘completed the Forty days that bring profit to our soul’, on Lazarus Saturday, the day that begins the Floral Triodion {in the Kyivan tradition}, the Church beseeches the Lord: ‘Grant us also to behold the Holy Week of Your Passion, that in it we may glorify your mighty acts’(Lazarus Saturday, Vespers). Indeed, we pray to behold the Resurrection, the Ascension, the sending of the Holy Spirit, and the glorious second coming. On the days of Passion Week, we liturgically commemorate and experience anew the last days of the earthly life of Jesus – his passion, death and burial – and we await his Resurrection, when the Lord, as a ‘grain of wheat, buried in the earth, has yielded a rich harvest, raising to life the mortal sons of Adam’ (Great and Holy Saturday, Matins).  

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 571)

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«Prayer is powerful. Prayer conquers evil. Prayer brings peace».

 «If we learn to read everything in the light of the Holy Spirit, we realize that everything is grace».

Pope Francis @Pontifex

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«If we engage the Fast with zeal, we will experience what is described by Saint John Chrysostom in his teaching: ‘Having in this week attained the practice of not swearing at all; and in the following having extinguished wrath; and in that which succeeds it, having pulled up evil-speaking by the roots; and after that, having amended what yet remains; thus going forward in our course, we shall come by little and little to the very summit of virtue’ (Homilies on Statues, 4,6).

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 570 b.) 

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«Lent is a favourable season for deepening our spiritual life through fasting, prayer and almsgiving».

«May the certainty of faith be the engine of our lives»

«Fasting is fruitful when accompanied by concrete expressions of love towards our neighbors, especially those in difficulty».

«Let us remember our Christian brothers and sisters who are suffering persecution for their faith. May we be united with them».

«The peace that springs from faith is a gift: it is the grace of feeling that God loves us and that he is always beside us».

Pope Francis @Pontifex

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«Saint John Chrysostom, in his teaching on fasting, emphasizes the fruits of fasting in the moral and spiritual life: ‘What advantage is it, if we have gone through the Fast devoid of good works? If another says, ‘I have fasted the whole of Lent’, then you should say, ‘I had an enemy, but I was reconciled; I had a habit of speaking evil of others, but I put a stop to it; I had a habit of swearing, but I have broken through this evil practice’” (Homilies on statues 16, 6).»  

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 570 a.) 

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«It is vital that we sow the seeds of goodness in order to cultivate justice, foster accord, and sustain integration, without growing weary».

«The Church wishes to be close to each person with the love, compassion and consolation that come from Christ».

 «The word of God helps us to open our eyes to welcome and love life, especially when it is weak and vulnerable»

 Pope Francis @Pontifex

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«The Lenten liturgical services progressively reveal the essence of true fasting: if we sow the “seeds of repentance” (First Sunday of Lent), our “shoots of virtues” will grow to maturity (Second Sunday of Lent), to allow us to consume the fruit of the life-giving Tree “which leads us back to paradise” (Third Sunday of Lent, the Veneration of the Holy Cross), and by way of the “spiritual ladder” (Fourth Sunday of Lent, Commemoration of Saint John of the Ladder) reach the summits of spiritual purification and repentance (Fifth Sunday of Lent, Commemoration of Saint Mary of Egypt).

 (Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 569{b}) 

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 «Lent is the favourable season for renewing our encounter with Christ, living in his word, in the sacraments and in our neighbour»

 «Let us pray for one another so that we may open our doors to the week and poor»

 «May the Holy Spirit lead us on a true journey of conversion, so that we can rediscover the gift of God’s word»   

 Pope Francis @Pontifex

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«Authentic fasting means “to put away all evil, to control the tongue, to resist anger, and to abstain from lust, slander, falsehood, and perjury” (Apostichon , First Week of Great Fast). The meaning of fasting for the Christian is presented in a sticheron from the Vespers of Cheesefare Sunday: “Le us set out with joy upon the season of the Fast, and prepare ourselves from spiritual combat. Let us purify our soul and cleanse our flesh; and as we fast from food, let us abstain also from every passion. Rejoicing in the virtues of the Spirit, may we persevere with love, and so be counted worthy to see the solemn Passion of Christ our God, and with great spiritual gladness behold his holy Passover”. (Sticheron, First Week of Great Fast).  

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 569{a} ) 

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 «Let us strive to fast during Lent with a smile, rather than a long face».

«Jesus is the faithful friend who never abandons us. Even when we sin, he patiently awaits our return».                                                       

Pope Francis @Pontifex

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«Every year Christians prepare for the celebration of holy Pascha during the time of the Great Fast (Lent). The Fast lasts forty days as an image of the forty-year journey of the People of God into the Promised Land and the forty-day fast of Christ in the wilderness.

By training the Christian to abstain from sin, the Fast leads to interior freedom and true joy. Throughout the Fast, the Church liturgically accompanies Christians with hymns from the Lenten Triodion that point to the deeper sense and purpose of the Fast – reconciliation with God and neighbour, service to God and others.»

(Catechisms of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Christ our Pascha, 220)

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«Lent urgently calls us to conversion. We are called to return to God with all our heart.»

«Fasting is not only about abstaining from food. It also means sharing food with those who are hungry.»              

Pope Francis @Pontifex

 

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