The Synod called by the Holy Father began on Thursday, February 21, 2019 in the Synod Hall at the Vatican in Rome, and it concluded on February 24, 2019 with a Divine Liturgy.
This Synod provided an extraordinary and welcomed opportunity to both engage in an appropriate discussion on a worldwide basis regarding the protection of minors in the Catholic Church and to advance a framework with the vital responsibility and accountability called for by the Holy Father.
The organizing committee had gathered information from all of the Bishop’s Conferences of the all the Roman and Eastern Catholic Churches of the world in preparation for the Synod. I, as the representative of the Byzantine Catholic Metropolitan Church in the United States, appreciated the discussions of the reports and to the formulation of the critical next steps to be taken by the Catholic Church.
With the Holy Father and the other participants of the Synod, I look forward to the advancement and implementation of our decisions. Please pray that the Holy Father and the Synod participants will continue to be guided by the Continue reading
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Divine Liturgy Celebrated on Feast of the Myrrh-Bearing Women Archbishop William Skurla held a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy to a large gathering in the Eisenhower Chapel at Penn State University on April 30, the Feast of the Myrrh-Bearing Women. In addition … Continue reading
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
“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
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
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