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This website intends to be a doorway into the treasury of Christian insights and achievements afforded by that Garden of the eternal Church of Christ, sown and nurtured, as we believe, by our Lord Himself which is called the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. 
Its title does not intend to imply any official connection with any Ukrainian Orthodox communion.  Indeed it has been enriched by folks who love this Garden, who find themselves in various Ukrainian Orthodox - as well as Ukrainian Catholic communities. About Us. We welcome the feedback, input and comments, laudatory or critical as well as analytical - and especially inquisitive! - of our readers and friends across the globe.

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Calendar of Ukrainian Saints.
This calendar also includes those Feasts and Saints that are particularly honoured by Ukrainians together with a listing of holy persons who have yet to be glorified, but who may be commemorated by means of requiem services. Months according to the Julian Calendar January | February | March | April  | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

The Radiant Beauty of the Saints See full alphabetical listing

One of the most important ways to imitate the Saints – and among them St. Volodymyr – is that of turning away from the vain pursuits of a fallen world, towards the kindness, mercy and truth of the eternal Kingdom of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Great Knyahynia of Kyiv Ol’ha, in Baptism Helen

Saints of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church See fulll Listing

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Latest question: I was wondering if you have any information on children, teen or young adult Ukrainian Orthodox Saints. See Answer

Question: Must each twin have their own set of godparents, or must both twins have only one set of Godparents? If there is an official answer, I would greatly appreciate your advice.
Answer: Since each of them is an individual soul, it seems only appropriate that they should each have a set or at least one of their own Godparents.

I have had a question from a Greek Orthodox friend regarding the symbolism/significance of the "all-seeing eye" or "evil eye". Personally, I have seen this symbol in rural churches. See Answer

I'm wondering why the orthodox use an ikonostas (often one that goes to the ceiling of the church sanctuary) and close it with a curtain (during preparation of the holy gifts), when I notice that in the bible at Christ's death upon the cross, the curtain in the synagogue that separated the lay people from altar (where the holy of holies was kept) was torn in two from top to bottom? Did not God become Man so that Man could become closer to God? Does not the ikonostas work to re-create the barrier, symbolically, between man and God? I understand the holiness of the altar and all that goes on behind the ikonostas, but isn't the ikonostas symbolically against what Christ's incarnation was all about? See answer

I was informed as to the violent and forceful history with respect to the conversion process that took place at the hand of the "infallible" Roman Catholic church "allowing" churches in Romania and the Ukraine and others, for example, to "keep their traditions" if they converted, essentially being forced to accept the dogma of the Roman Church, or else.

Many were starved, killed, forced under duress into the Roman Catholic papal dogmas and have, in modern times, subsequently forgotten the very real history with respect to these "conversions". This sounds to me to be much like the fourth crusade which attempted to wipe "rebellious" Orthodoxy out, killing many Christians at the hands of the Romans Catholics and stole many priceless relics and items, overthrowing the peaceful Church in Constantinople, crippling the tradition of Orthodoxy in Turkey ever since.

This is, in a large part, the truth of the Eastern Rite of the Roman Catholic Church, as I understand it. Do you have any books, websites or information that you can provide me that is accurate and fair with respect to this point in history, this conversion by duress, that I can pass onto some of my Roman friends who attempt to challenge Orthodoxy using Eastern Catholic rites as ammunition to attack the validity of the Orthodox Church. I have been scouring the internet and have not been able to come up with any solid trustworthy information on the history of Eastern Orthodoxy and Eastern Catholicism and the reality of the "conversion" process.

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The Glorious Beauty of the Liturgical Calendar
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28-ма Неділя по П’ятидесятниці (21-го грудня)
У Ньому – початок нового життя!
У сьогоднішньому Апостолі (Колосян 1:12-18), Павло Тарсійський наставляє нас роздумувати над цим, «дякуючи Отцеві, що вчинив нас достойними участі в спадщині святих у світлі». Так, дійсно дні стають короткими бо ж наближається зимове сонцестояння. Тож коли краще подумати про Царство Світла, яке відкриває нам Своїм пришестям Дитятко-Христос!
Twenty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost (December 21) 
In Him New Life Begins! In today’s Epistle (Colossians 1:12-18), Paul of Tarsus guides our meditation on this theme as he prays that we might be "giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light”. Yes indeed, the days are becoming short as we approach the winter solstice. What better time to think about the kingdom of Light which has been opened to us by the coming of the Christ-Child!
Vingt-huitième dimanche après la Pentecôte (le 21 décembre) 
En Lui la nouvelle vie commence! Dans l’Épître d'aujourd'hui (Colossiens 1:12-18), Paul de Tarse guide notre méditation sur ce thème comme il prie: “Rendez grâces au Père, qui vous a rendus capables d'avoir part à l'héritage des saints dans la lumière". Oui, en effet, les jours sont de plus courts que nous approchons du solstice d'hiver. Quel meilleur moment pour réfléchir sur le Royaume de la lumière qui a été ouvert à nous par la venue de l'Enfant-Christ!

27-ма Неділя по П’ятидесятниці (14-го грудня)
Пригоди битви! Християни твердять рішуче та з глибоким переконанням, що це – Божий світ. Бог же – Творець усього, що є. Він – правдивий Володар і Цар вселенної і жодний суперник не може конкурувати проти Нього з тривалим успіхом. Супостат, диявол (це ж значіння назви «Сатана»), робить що лише може, щоб супротивлятися Богові, але його зусилля завжди Богом передбачені. Вони і враховані у Божих планах та остаточно навіть добавляють звершеності Божої перемоги. (Ясно бачимо це в подіях навколо Христового розп’яття).
Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (december 14) 
The Adventure of Battle! Christians affirm decisively, with profound conviction, that this is God’s world. God is the Maker of all that is. He is the true Lord and King of the universe and no competitor can challenge Him with any lasting success. The adversary, the devil (the name "Satan" means just that) does his best to oppose God, but his efforts are always foreseen by God. They are accounted for in God’s plan and actually end up by adding to God’s victory. (This can be clearly seen in the events leading up to and following Christ’s crucifixion).
Vingt-septième dimanche après la Pentecôte (le 14 décembre) 
L'aventure de bataille! Les Chrétiens affirment décisivement, avec une conviction profonde, que ceci est le monde de Dieu. Dieu est le Créateur de tout ce qui est. Il est le vrai Seigneur et Roi de l'univers et aucun concurrent ne peut Lui contester avec un succès durable. L'adversaire, le diable (le nom «Satan» signifie exactement cela) fait de son mieux pour s’opposer à Dieu, mais ses efforts sont toujours prévu par Dieu. Ils sont prévus dans le plan de Dieu et effectivement finissent en ajoutant à la victoire de Dieu. (Cela peut être clairement vu dans les événements qui ont précédé et suivi la crucifixion du Christ).

Icons of the Mother of God See full listing

Vladimir (Kyiv-Vyshhorod) Icon of the Mother of God
Feast Day : June 3

The Righteous of Other Folds

We are introducing to our site, a companion to THE RADIANT BEAUTY OF THE SAINTS. In that rubric, we have pondered, with gratitude and praise, the lives of holy men, women and children, glorified by God, who, during their earthly sojourn, were communicants of the Orthodox Church – which we, Orthodox, of course, see as One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. In this rubric, THE RIGHTEOUS OF OTHER FOLDS, we shall ponder, again with gratitude and praise, the lives of people who, during their earthly sojourn, were participants in what may be called "other folds", in keeping with our Lord's words: "And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd" (John 10:16). We shall do so from the point of view of those who love and are nurtured by that marvelous Garden of the Lord's called the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
For our first offerings please see:

Blessed Franz Jägerstätter, Layman and Martyr

Fr. Damien of Molokai

Master Jan Hus, Priest and Martyr


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