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The reading from the Gospel according to St. Matthew for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost seems very familiar because the same story in the Gospel according to St. Luke is chanted on the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost. It is often referred to as “The Pigs Gospel.” To modern day readers of the New Testament, it seems a rather innocuous episode in the life of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ. Why did our Church Fathers consider this episode so important that it was assigned to be chanted on two different Sundays during the liturgical year?

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5 років пізніше.... Українська Австралійська громада вшанувала пам`ять 298 людей, котрі трагічно загинули внаслідок терористичного акту Російських бойовиків - збиття Малазійського літаку МН17 в Східній Україні - 17 липня 2014 року - серед загинувших були 38 австралійців

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On the fourth Sunday after Pentecost, July 14, 2019 – His Eminence Archbishop Daniel made a hierarchal visit to the parish family while presiding over the Divine Liturgy, celebrating the feast of Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Great Princess Olha (according to Gregorian Calendar).

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It is with a profound sense of our own loss - yet in the inextinguishable light of peace and mercy that is the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ - that we inform the faithful of our Holy Metropolia of the passing from this life of the servant of God Pani Matka Tetiana Zemlachenko, wife of Protopresbyter Michael Zemlachenko (who reposed in the Lord in February of 2013).

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Since the earliest times in which Christians gathered together, churches have been places of sanctuary in which persons in danger of harm can find safety and protection.

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We extend an invitation to join us for the official opening of the New 2019-2020 Academic Year of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary that will take place on Saturday, September 14, 2019 with the celebration of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at the Three Holy Hierarchs Chapel of St. Sophia Seminary.

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Ah, summertime! Each of us looks forward to the time of year where we get a break from our daily work and school routine.

In the United States, we call it vacation. Other countries call it holiday. Irrelevant of the name, it brings images of leisure time, travel, friends, family, and sometimes adventure.

Whether it is a trip to the shore, a cabin in the mountains, a tent in a park, a luxury hotel, or a cruise on the open seas, we all need a break from our normal routine to recharge our personal batteries. As each of us is different, we all have our own idea of what constitutes the best use of our time away from the office or the classroom.

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On the Third Sunday after Pentecost, Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist, July 7, 2019, the parish family of Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Parish in Palos Park, IL was blessed to be visited by His Eminence Archbishop Daniel.

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The Nativity of John the Baptist is the event leading to the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ. "The star of stars, the Forerunner, is born on earth today, from a barren womb, John the beloved of God, and manifests the dawning of Christ, the Orient from on high" (from Lauds of the Feast). From this day forward the preparation of the human race begins to meet of the Son of God on earth. The announcement of the holy Archangel Gabriel to Zacharias in the Temple begins the New Testament Gospel. The announcement of the same Archangel Gabriel six months later in Nazareth to the Virgin Mary, is the continuation of the revelation of concerning the salvation of the human race.

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