Pilgrimage 2017

David Mayernik Jr. | October 2, 2017

Sister Ruth Plante, Provincial, Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great, likens the annual Pilgrimage to Mount St. Macrina in Uniontown, Pa. as a “grand family reunion.” That’s because she sees so many familiar faces among the many priests, deacons and faithful in attendence from all across the country. During this year’s 83rd Pilgrimage in Honor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help from Sept. 2 to 3, many of these faces were covered by umbrellas due to falling rain and bursts of blustery winds. “We’re here today, with the wind blowing and we have a bad hair day today,” Sister Ruth told pilgrims during her welcoming remarks on Sept. 2.

“Even though we plan and plan for Pilgrimage and we try to attend for every detail, that’s the one thing we have no control over.” The Pilgrimage weekend Continue reading

Every Parish Can Sing

Deacon Jeffrey Mierzejewski Director Metropolitan Cantor Institute | October 2, 2017

Our church’s spiritual inheritance of liturgical singing depends on two things: a congregation willing and able to sing, and a cantor willing and able to lead. In this article, we will take a look at both parts of this equation. … Continue reading

Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head

David Mayernik Jr. | October 2, 2017

Weather doesn’t spoil Annual Pilgrimage to Mount St. Macrina As I sat on a folding chair during an afternoon Divine Liturgy on a lawn atop Mount St. Macrina on Labor Day weekend, I was reminded of a song from “Winnie-the-Pooh … Continue reading

Mark Your Calendars – October 2017

Editor | October 2, 2017

A Lutheran/Catholic Day of Commemoration of Hope A Lutheran/Catholic Day of Commemoration of Hope will be presented 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Oct. 28 at Saint Vincent College, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, Pa. The event is in commemoration of the 500th … Continue reading

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According to the venerable tradition of the Byzantine Rite Church, which was confirmed by St. John Damascene (+ 749), the Blessed Virgin Mary as a child was brought by her parents, SS. Joachim and Anne, to the temple as an offering to God, and she “grew up in the house of God, nourished by the Holy Spirit … Thus she sought holiness and was shown to be a holy and wondrous temple worthy of the Most High.” (cf. The Orthodox Faith, IV, 14) This mystery from the early life of the Blessed Mother in our Byzantine Rite is commemorated on November 21, with the feast of the Entrance of the Most Holy Mother of God and Ever Virgin Mary Into the Temple. In Church-Slavonic the feast is called, in a shortened form, – Vovedenije. Continue reading