PASCHA 2017

Editor | April 13, 2017

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!
Christos Voskrese! Voistinnu Voskrese!

We are gathered in a spirit of joy and hope in our churches around the world to hear and sing that Christ is Risen! We participate and enter into the time of feasting and celebration that, as Christ is Risen, we also will rise and live for forever as members of the kingdom of God!

When we listen to the Gospel story in the readings, stichera, and hymns of Holy and Great Week, we hear that the experience of the disciples is an emotional roller coaster of feelings ranging from dread to ecstasy. Their world did not understand the disciples and challenged their beliefs at every turn.

They overcame their fears by their encounter with the Risen Jesus. What had been foretold by the prophets and by Jesus was confirmed as being true and real. We share in their experience and our faith is enriched each Easter. With each passing year we travel to a deeper level of understanding.

We can only imagine what non-believers in Jerusalem understood or thought of the passion, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The recent movie “Risen” retells the Easter story in an imaginative way from the perspective of an unbelieving Roman soldier. It was a time of war, violence, and social upheaval. Although the visual events are too strong for young children, the imaginary storyline follows an investigation of the death and Resurrection of Jesus by the soldier. Continue reading

Questionnaire for the 2018 Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment

Editor | April 13, 2017

Your Invitation to Participate in the Synod

Following is the Questionnaire which the Vatican has issued in preparation for the Synod. You can complete it right on this website. Please answer the questions to the best of your ability. Kindly go all the way to the end and remember to mark DONE, so your responses can be included in the document which I will present to the Synod.

Thank you for your cooperation and your time.

+ William C. Skurla Continue reading

Journey to the Cross

Editor | April 13, 2017

We bow to Your Cross, O Lord, and we glorify Your holy resurrection! Honoring the Cross on the Third Sunday of the Great Fast on March 19, faithful at St. Gregory’s had the opportunity to take part in a Cross … Continue reading

Lenten Bible Study

Editor | April 13, 2017

“Preparing for the Passion” As part of our Lenten journey, this year’s Lenten Bible Study at St. Gregory’s was led by seminarian Jacob Gruber of St. Paul Seminary. The theme of this year’s Bible Study was “Preparing for the Passion … Continue reading

The Art of Pysanky

Editor | April 13, 2017

Following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, March 26, parishioners had the opportunity to participate in a Pysanky-Easter Egg workshop led by our parishioner Barbara Stasiuk. The art of making Pysanky is an ancient tradition which started in Central and Eastern … Continue reading

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VESPERS: THE EVENING LITURGICAL PRAYERS according to THE BYZANTINE RITE TRADITION

Since the beginning of Christianity, the faithful used to assemble together for their prayers twice a day, in the morning and in the evening. The ancient Christian writer, Tertull ian (d. after 220 A.D.), at the turn of the second century, called these common praye rs legal prayers, i.e. prescribed by the Church authority (cf. Tertullian, On Prayer, 25). And the fourth century document admonished the bishops: “When you instruct the people, command and exhort them to come regularly to church, in the morning and evening every day, and not to forsake it on any account” (cf. The Apostolic Constitutions II , 59). Continue reading