The Otdanije (Leave-taking) of Pascha: This Wednesday we will observe the Leave-taking of Pascha. Following 40 days of celebrating the Resurrection we shift our focus to the celebration of Our Lord’s Ascension into Heaven. During this time the Troparion “Christ is risen” is replaced with “Be exalted above the heavens, O God, and let your glory be over all the earth.” With the celebration of the Descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost we will complete the time of Pentecost – the Great Fifty Days.
Holyday Of Obligation / Day Of Precept: The Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord (this Thursday, May 14th) is a holyday of obligation (referred to as a “Day of Precept” in the Norms of the Particular Law of the Byzantine Metropolitan Church Sui Iuris of Pittsburgh.) While some Latin / Roman (Arch)dioceses (including the Archdiocese of Washington) in the United States have transferred the Feast of the Ascension to the following Sunday, this directive does not affect the Ruthenian and Ukrainian Metropolitan Churches in the U.S.
Fasting: Outside of Bright Week we return to the usual penitential practices: Fridays are days of abstinence from meat or an equivalent penance.
Marian Pilgrimage: The Orientale Lumen Foundation (past organizers of the Seminary Concert Tours, and the Ecumenical Pilgrimage that met Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew in 2014) is sponsoring a Marian Pilgrimage to Eastern Europe for Byzantine Catholics on August 7–18, 2015. Because of many inquiries and positive responses to our planned itinerary, we have opened up the pilgrimage to ALL age groups. The trip will include visits to the Marian Shrines of Litmanova and Lutina in Slovakia, and Máriapócs in Hungary; Liturgies in the Cathedrals of Prešov and Bratislava; tours of wooden churches and other cultural sites; and joint fellowship activities with European Byzantine Catholics. The land package is only $1,995 per person, double occupancy, and includes transportation, accommodations and some meals. Single rooms are available for an extra $500. Airfare is extra. Registration and $500 deposit is due by May 15, 2015. For more details, and to register online, visit www.olconference.com and click on the PILGRIMAGE button.
The Altar Candles are burning during the month of May in memory of +George and +Anna Hametz. May their memory be eternal, for Christ is risen! The Candles before the Iconostasis are burning during the month of May in memory … Continue reading