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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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The Glorious Beauty of the Liturgical Calendar
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St. Volodymyr Feast day - July 28

ТУЛІТЬСЯ ДО ДОБРОГО Неділя 6-та по П'ятидесятниці  «Любов нехай буде нелицемірна; ненавидьте зло та туліться до доброго!». Ми знаходимо такі слова настанови в сьогоднішньому Апостолі (Рим. 12:6-14).
HOLD ON TO WHAT IS GOOD Sixth Sunday after Pentecost  “Love must be completely sincere. Hate what is evil, hold on to what is good”. We find these words of exhortation in today’s Epistle (Romans 12:6-14 – Good News Translation).
ATTACHEZ-VOUS DE TOUTES VOS FORCES AU BIEN Sixième Dimanche après la Pentecôte  Que votre amour soit sans hypocrisie. Ayez donc le mal en horreur, attachez-vous de toutes vos forces au bien". Nous trouvons ces paroles d'exhortation dans Épître d'aujourd'hui (Romains 12:6-14 ).

In today’s (July 2) Epistle we read Saint Paul’s good news: "While we were yet helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly" (Romans 5:6). Third Sunday after Pentecost

Друга Неділя після П'ятидесятниці - Неділя Усіх Святих Руси-України) 
Другу Неділю після П'ятидесятниці Православні Церкви призначають на честь усіх Святих Угодників, яких Бог виявив у межах їхньої землі чи спільноти. Для православних українців, сьогодні Неділя Усіх Святих Руси-України.
Second Sunday after Pentecost – Sunday of All Saints of Rus’-Ukraine
Second Sunday after Pentecost is set aside by Orthodox Churches to honour all the Saints God has revealed within their land or their community. For the Ukrainian Orthodox, today is the Sunday of All Saints of Rus’-Ukraine.

Deuxième Dimanche après la Pentecôte - Dimanche de la Toussaint de Rous’-Ukraine
Le Deuxième Dimanche après la Pentecôte est dédié par les Églises orthodoxes à tous les Saints que Dieu a révélés dans leur pays ou leur communauté. Pour les orthodoxes ukrainiens, c'est aujourd'hui le Dimanche de la Toussaint de la Rous’-Ukraine.

The Sunday following Pentecost is dedicated to All Saints, both those who are known to us, and those – a huge number - who are known only to God. There have been Saints at all times and they have come from every corner of the earth. They were Apostles, Martyrs, Prophets, Hierarchs, Monastics and Righteous, yet all were perfected by the same Holy Spirit.

At last it has come once more – Pentecost, the Descent of the Holy Spirit. The Temple is resplendent with greenery from the luxuriant growth God has brought about after the ice and cold of winter.X

Changing them by your Spirit: How to celebrate Pentecost every day

Today's Feast - the Day of Pentecost, the Descent of the Holy Spirit brings us a Gospel reading (John 7:37-52,8:12) with images which speak of a happiness that lasts and that makes other people happy, too. Jesus says: "If any one thirsts, let him come to Me and drink". It is not only water for which people thirst. Jesus offers that which responds to a spiritual thirst, a thirst for lasting happiness, a thirst for answers to our hard questions - a thirst for meaning. X

On the Seventh Sunday after Pascha the Holy Church acommemorates the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council.  This Council was convened in 325 A.D. in the city of Nicea (today Iznik in Turkey, a source of popular brilliant blue ceramics) by St. Constantine, Equal-to-the-Apostles, the Emperor of Rome who stopped all persecution of the Faith of Christ and made it the faith of his Empire. A

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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