Joyful Pascha-Easter Celebration.
Christ is Risen – Indeed He is Risen!
With God’s blessings we are going through the Paschal celebration. We all were waiting for Christ’s Resurrection for so long, now it’s here and the time is flying so fast. We all had spiritually up lifting services, blessing of the Paschal baskets and after we had a nice, delicious breakfast all together. Thank God for all of His Blessings we all were able to come to the church for everything, but we do have some parishioners who couldn’t make. By the generosity of our parishioners we got a paschal basket for everyone. After the blessing and a meal with everyone in the church I tried to visit every parishioner in Nursing Homes, Rehab Centers or who couldn’t leave their homes. I greeted them with the words Christ is Risen and from everyone in the parish I delivered the traditional paschal basket. I saw the tears of joy in people’s eyes. From the bottom of my heart I would love to say thank you dear parishioners for everything, you are doing a great job. I look forward to sharing with you at our post Easter lunch on May 15th to let you all feel exactly what I felt delivering Easter baskets. May God Bless you all with good health a lot of happiness.
PLEASE everyone join us, our parish family for our post Easter lunch on May 15 after Divine Liturgy. Let us all together follow Christ teachings and proclaim the good news “Christ is Risen”.
Acceptance into the Holy Orthodox Faith
April 16, 2016 before the Divine Liturgy, St. Nicholas Ukrainian Orthodox Parish in Troy, NY, accepted our sister in Christ, Patricia Walton, to the Holy Orthodox Faith. For months, Patricia, along with Fr. Vasyl, has been preparing for this important and special day in her life; she thoroughly studied the theology and the teachings of the Orthodox Faith. With her whole heart, Patricia united with Christ through the Orthodox Holy Sacraments, Teachings and Church Laws.
Our Parish celebrated with Patricia and welcomed her by giving her an Orthodox icon to always remember her faith, beautiful flowers and we all shared a celebratory, delicious cake. Mr. John Holowko presented a neck cross to her which she will have with her always. May God always Bless Patricia; our St. Nicholas Parish is thrilled to have her as one of our Parishioners and as one of our Orthodox faithful.
Dedication of National Ukrainian Holodomor Monument Washington, DC.
A very special and emotional weekend in Washington, DC for the unveiling and Blessing of The Ukrainian Holodomor (death by Hunger) Genocide Memorial in memory of the ~10 million Ukrainians that perished in 1932-1933 from starvation by Stalin and his Russian regime.
Two full buses from The New York Capital Region traveled to Washington, DC this past weekend to join the rest of the several thousands of Ukrainians from all over North America to witness an important part of Ukrainian History that was long hidden from the world. The beautiful bronze Holodomor Monument, designed by Larysa Kurylas, depicts a field of wheat that both projects and recedes across the Monument’s 30-foot-long bronze wall, representing the transition from harvest bounty to famine deficit.
The dedication ceremony took place at Columbus Circle where several thousands of Ukrainians dressed beautifully in Ukrainian embroidery and costumes gathered outside in the light rain proudly waving Ukrainian flags while listening to speeches from several Government officials, Holodomor survivors, Ukraine’s First Lady – Maryna Poroshenko and a video message from Ukraine’s President, Petro Poroshenko. An emotional Memorial Service and an official Blessing of the Monument led by the Patriarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox and Catholic Churches of the USA and of Ukraine followed the dedication ceremony. As the sun started to set, the thousands of Ukrainians present marched from Columbus Circle to The White House, a sea of blue and yellow flags peacefully walked through the streets that were closed off to traffic for this momentous event. Marchers sang the Ukrainian National Anthem, religious hymns, as well as Ukrainian patriotic songs once arrived at The White House.
In addition to the official dedication and Blessing, the weekend was filled with several other commemorative events including a concert titled “an Artistic Tribute” which featured several incredibly talented Ukrainian musicians and dancers that left the audience without a dry eye in the auditorium. The most emotional part of the entire weekend for me was at the concert when the wounded Ukrainian soldiers with missing limbs stood while The Ukrainian Bandura Chorus angelically sang, “Боже Великий Єдиний”. #сльози
I feel so Blessed to have been part of such a historic event in Ukrainian History. My grandparents were Holodomor survivors and I vividly remember their horrific stories of witnessing people dying in front of them. I remember seeing the tears and the pain in their eyes when they retold their stories to my brother and me. This past weekend’s events were very emotional for many, but we are also very proud of the dedication of this monument as its recognition means so much to Ukraine and its history. It was wonderful to see family, old friends, make new friends and especially to teach our children about this important part of Ukrainian history that shall never be forgotten.
Thank you to the U.S Committee for Ukrainian Holodomor for organizing such an amazing event, and a very special thank you to our Capital District Ukrainian Holodomor Committee for all your efforts in organizing this flawless and fantastic trip for our local Ukrainian Community. A special thank you to Dr.Andrij Baran, Pani Elizabeth Czartorysky Baran , Pan Karpishka and PaniStephanie Gyba Karpishka for all your incredible work, much appreciated.
Written by: Tanya Lisnyczyj-Petroff
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