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Saints Peter & Paul Parish

 

UKRAINIAN CATHOLICS
OUR BELIEFS AND TRADITIONS

Who are we as Ukrainian Catholic Church?

Byzantine Catholic Tradition

Icons and Iconography

Eastern Catholic Churches

What Eastern Catholics Believe

Two Different Traditions - One Catholic Church

 

THE LITURGICAL YEAR

The Liturgical Year

         Holy Days of Obligation

There are eight great feasts in honour of our Lord and four great feasts in honour of His Mother. (These are marked with an * below).  While Church tradition emphasizes the importance of these feast days, holy days of obligation of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, beyond Sundays, are:

Nativity of Our Lord  -  December 25

Theophany of Our Lord  -  January 6  (Blessing of Water)

Annunciation  -  March 25

The Ascension of Our Lord  (June 2, 2011)

Apostles Peter and Paul  -  June 29

Dormition of the Mother of God  -  August 15  (Blessing of Flowers)

 

Stationary Feasts

*Nativity of the Mother of God   -   September 8

*Exaltation of the Holy Cross   -   September 14

Protection of the Mother of God  -  October 1

*Presentation of the Mother of God  -  November 22

St. Nicholas the Wonderworker  -  December 6

Conception of St. Anne  -  December 9

*Nativity of Our Lord  -  December 25

*Theophany of Our Lord  -  January 6  (Blessing of Water)

*The Presentation of Our Lord  -  February 2  (Blessing of Candles)

*Annunciation  -  March 25

Nativity of John the Baptist  -  June 24

Apostles Peter and Paul  -  June 29

* Transfiguration of Our Lord (Spasa) - August 6  (Blessing of Fruit)

*Dormition of the Mother of God  -  August 15  (Blessing of Flowers)

 

Paschal Cycle

Pre-Lent

Zacchaeus Sunday

Publican and Pharisee Sunday

Prodigal Son

Meat-Fare Sunday

Cheese-Fare Sunday

Forgiveness Vespers

 

The Great Lent

First Sunday of the Great Lent

Second Sunday of the Great Lent

Third Sunday of the Great Lent  -  Veneration of the Holy Cross

Fourth Sunday of the Great Lent  -  St. John Climacus

The Great Canon of St. Andrew 

Akathist Saturday 

Fifth Sunday of the Great Lent  -  St. Mary of Egypt 

 

Great and Holy Week

*Entry into Jerusalem  -  Palm "Willow" Sunday

 

Pascha

Resurrection of Our Lord - The Great Day

Dates for Easter 2008 to 2021

Ascension

*Ascension of Our Lord

 

Pentecost

*Pentecost  -  Green Holidays

Christ, Lover of Us All 

NOTE: After All Saints Sunday, the Sundays are numbered as "After Pentecost."

 

Periods of Fast

The Great Fast

Almsgiving

When does the Great Fast begin?

Forgiveness Vespers

Fasting and Abstinence - Questions and Answers

Why do we fast?

The Great Fast

Fasting and the Great Fast

 

Great and Holy Week

The Great and Holy Week

 

Petriwka

St. Peter's Fast  -  Monday after All Saints' Sunday to June 28

 

Fast of the Theotokos

Fast of the Theotokos

The 14 day preparation for the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God from August 1 to 14.

 

Pylypiwka - The Pre-Christmas Fast

St. Phillip's Fast - November 15 to December 24

 

OTHER DAYS OF FAST

Fridays that are not exempt

Exaltation of the Holy Cross  -  September 14

Eve of the Nativity of Our Lord  -  December 24

Eve of the Theophany of Our Lord  -  January 5

Beheading of St. John the Baptist  -  August 29

     NOTE: Times exempt from fasting include:

  December 25 to January 4

  Between the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
and the Sunday of the Prodigal Son

  From Pascha to Thomas Sunday

  From Pentecost to Sunday of All Saints

Traditions  Associated  with  Feast  Days

Blessing of Candles - February 2

Blessing of Flowers - August 6

Blessing of Fruit - August 15

Blessing of Pussy Willows - Flowery Sunday

Blessing of Water - January 6

Gift Giving

Green Holidays - Pentecost

Ukrainian Christmas Traditions

Ukrainian Easter Traditions

 

Liturgical  Services  and  Prayers

o       Vespers

o       Compline

o       Midnight Office

o       Matins

        Divine Liturgy

        Akathist

        Moleben

        Blessing of Water - Text of Service

        Sacraments of Initiation

        Crowning in Marriage

        Funeral Rites

        Jesus Prayer

 

Lenten Services and Prayers

Forgiveness Vespers  -  Text of the service

All Souls Saturdays

Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts

The Great Canon of St. Andrew

The Prayer of St. Ephrem

 

Education  Committee  Projects

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Confession Guides

Mobile Lending Library (Audiomobile)

Under the Watering Can

 

General

Vocations