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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

Answers to Visitors' Questions
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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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What is in the Chalice? See answer

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The Glorious Beauty of the Liturgical Calendar
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Сімнадцята Неділя По П’ятидесятниці
Ідoлоборство – розбиймо свої ідоли! «[Я]ка згода поміж Божим храмом та ідолами? Бо ви храм Бога Живого». Таке питання поставлене – і в самому ж питанні маємо й відповідь – у Другому Посланні Св. Ап. Павла до Коринтян (6:16-7:1), яке сьогодні читаємо в Апостолі.
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost 
Idoloclasm – Smash Your Idols! “What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God”. Such is the question posed – and the very question answers itself in St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians (6:16-7:1) which we read in today’s Epistle.
Dix-Septième Dimanche Après la Pentecôte  
L’idoloclasme : Écrasez vos idoles! « Quel rapport entre le temple de Dieu et les idoles? Car vous êtes le temple du Dieu vivant. » Telle est la question posée – et cette question trouve elle-même sa réponse dans le second épître de Saint Paul aux Corinthiens
(6 :16-7 :1) que nous retrouvons dans l’épître de ce jour.

16-та Неділя по П’ятидесятниці
Ось тепер час приємний!
Св. Ап. Павло каже нам у сьогоднішньому Апостолі (2 Коринтян 6:1-10): «А ми, як співробітники, благаємо, щоб ви Божої благодаті не брали надармо… Ось тепер час приємний, ось тепер день спасіння!»
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost 
Now is the time!
St. Paul tells us in today’s Epistle (2 Corinthians 6:1-10): “We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain… Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation!”
Seizième Dimanche après la Pentecôte 
C'est maintenant le temps!
Saint Paul nous dit dans l'Épître de ce jour (2 Corinthiens 6: 1-10): «Puisque nous travaillons avec Dieu, nous vous exhortons à ne pas recevoir la Grâce de Dieu en vain... Voici maintenant le temps favorable, voici maintenant le jour du salut.»

Успіння Пресвятої Владичиці нашої Богородиці і Вседіви Марії Це Свято, що припадає 28-го серпня (тобто 15-го серпня на Юліянському календарі), таке значне, що його попереджає Піст, який триває 13 днів.
La Dormition de notre Très Sainte Dame, la Theotokos et Toujours Vierge Marie  Cette Fête, que nous célébrons le 28 août (ce qui correspond au 15 août sur le calendrier julien) est d'une telle importance qu'elle est précédée d'un jeûne qui dure pendant treize jours.
The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary  This Feast, which falls on August 28 (corresponds to August 15 on the Julian Calendar) is of such great significance that it is preceded by a Fast which lasts for thirteen days.

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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