GREAT FAST 2016 – Archbishop William’s Message

Editor | February 5, 2016

Dear people, religious, and clergy, The journey through the Great Lenten Fast is begun. The six week period of fasting with the Liturgies of Saint Basil the Great, Liturgies for All Souls Saturdays, and the Liturgies of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts opens up our hearts and minds to our spiritual need for growth to be able to celebrate Holy and Great Week. Pope Francis reminds us during the Year of Mercy that we are called through works of mercy to go beyond the minimum of the Lenten prayers and services by serving the needs of our families, neighbors, and the poor and those imprisoned.

During the Year of Mercy, we are reminded of Jesus’ words that the Father desires mercy before sacrifices. All our Lenten devotions and fasting are meaningless if our hearts are not filled with love and mercy for others. Lenten prayer, together with being a servant to the needs of others, can lead us to holiness.

Jesus’ words were inspired by the prophets of Old Testament and the Book of Psalms. The prophets called the people of God to do more than the minimum required by the law. The prophetic message inspired from the Book of Psalms calls everyone to pray with a humble heart: Continue reading

Support U.S. Armed Forces

Editor | February 5, 2016

USC Bethany Ministry Welcomes Former Chaplain’s Presentation March 13 The Bethany Ministry of St. Gregory Church in Upper St. Clair, Pa. invites the public to join the St. Gregory parish family and pastor Father Valerian Michlik on Sunday, March 13 … Continue reading

FROM THE MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR LENT 2016

Editor | February 5, 2016

“I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.” (Mt 9:13) The works of mercy on the road of the Jubilee 1. Mary, the image of a Church which evangelizes because she is evangelized In the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee … Continue reading

Metropolitan William ordains three to diaconate

Editor | February 5, 2016

Archeparchy’s Newest Deacons to Serve Their Parishes in Pennsylvania, Texas Three pious men of the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh were ordained to the Holy Diaconate in January by Metropolitan Archbishop William C. Skurla in two separate ceremonies which took place 1,235 … Continue reading

REGULATIONS FOR THE SEASON OF THE GREAT FAST – 2016

Editor | February 5, 2016

The fasts of the liturgical year are to be kept in accordance with the Norms of Particular Law of the Byzantine Metropolitan Church sui iuris of Pittsburgh. Simple abstinence The law of simple abstinence forbids the use of meat, but … Continue reading

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BYZANTINE EASTER TRADITIONS THE BLESSING OF EASTER FOODS

The Holy Spirit reminds us ” not to reject the traditions of our elders, which they have learned from their fathers” (Sirach 8:9). Toge. ther with the Byzantine Rite, we have inherited many meaningful customs which make our liturgical worship inspiring, spiritually rich and close to the heart of our people. Continue reading