Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sobor Liturgy Videos

Three videos from the Sobor Liturgy from October 25, 2014 are posted on our YouTube Channel. The theme of the Sobor was "I am the Light of the World." This theme was chosen in reflection to Major-Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk's "Vibrant Parish" Pastoral Letter. Before the Liturgy, everyone in the Cathedral was given a candle. The Gospel reading and the Homily that Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka offered reflected the Light of the World theme. At the conclusion of the Liturgy, Metropolitan Stefan held the first light candle and passed the flame of his candle to kindle the candles of the priests of the Archeparchy of Philadelphia. In turn, the priests went to the pews and light the candles of the Faithful who attended the Liturgy. The Cathedral was illuminated by candlelight as everyone read a "Prayer for Vibrant Parishes" in both English and Ukrainian languages. The final hymn sung at the Liturgy was "Vitae mish namu" / "Come now, to us, O Christ." In the words of the hymn is the phrase, "You are the light of life, joy and happiness. Come to us now, O Christ, each of us bless."

Video 1


Video 2


Video 3


Pictures will be posted on our Facebook page.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wedding Anniversary Celebration 2014

The Archeparchial Wedding Anniversary Celebration was held at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Philadelphia, PA on Sunday October 19, 2014. Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka offered the Homily. Towards the end of the Liturgy, Metropolitan Stefan led the Couples in Renewing their Marriage Vows. Mnohaya Lita, Many Happy Years to all the Wedding Anniversary Jubilarians!

Video (Vows begin at the 6:45 mark of the video)

Metropolitan Stefan's entire Homily is posted on our YouTube page.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I am the Light of the World

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"I am the Light of the World" Announced as the Theme for the
2014 Archieparchial Sobor to be Held Saturday, October 25
Philadelphia, Pa.--Metropolitan Stefan Soroka recently announced that "I am the Light of the World" (Jn 8:12) is the theme of the 2014 Archieparchial Sobor which will be held here Saturday, October 25, 2014 in the Cathedral Social Hall on North Franklin Street.
The sobor is an archieparchial assembly of laity, clergy and religious convened by the archbishop to assist the "eparchial bishop in those things which regard the special needs or advantage of the eparchy" according to the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches.
In the morning session, Metropolitan Soroka will present a summary from the recent surveys on youth, women and evangelization of families.  This will be followed by short personal reflections from lay, religious and clergy delegates on Encountering the Light of Christ through: The Word of God and Catechesis, Liturgy and Prayer, Service to our Neighbor, Leadership / Stewardship, Communion / Unity, and Missionary Spirit.
The afternoon session will include small discussion groups on the topics: How will we live the Gospel message and foster vibrant parishes? How will we invite others (former parishioners, family members, neighbors) and welcome them into our parish families?
The sobor will conclude with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by Metropolitan Stefan and the clergy of the archeparchy.  The theme of the homily will be “You are the Light of the World”(Mt 5: 13-14).
The observations and recommendations from this Archieparchial Sobor will be shared in a Sobor of the Ukrainian Catholic Church which will be held in Ukraine in 2015.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Pilgrimage at Fox Chase Manor, PA on October 5, 2014

Here are Five Videos from the October 5, 2014 Pilgrimage at the Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great, Fox Chase Manor, PA. The theme of the Sisters of the Order of Saint Basil the Great Eighty-third Annual Pilgrimage was “Call to Holiness” The Life of Metropolitan Andrew Sheptytsky on the 70th Anniversary of his Death.  Celebrants of the Liturgy included Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka, Bishop-emeritus Basil Losten, Bishop-elect Bohdan Danylo, Reverend Philip Sandrick, OSBM, Deacon Michael Waak, and Homilist Very Rev. Archpriest Ivan Kaszczak. The choir is from Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family in Washington, DC.

Video 1 (Beginning of Liturgy)


Video 2 (Excerpts from Homily offered by Very Rev. Archpriest Ivan Kaszczak)


Video 3 (Liturgy after the Homily & Our Father Prayer)


Video 4 (Communion & Sr. Dorothy Ann, OSBM speech)


Video 5 (Metropolitan Soroka's speech & Conclusion of Liturgy)


Pictures from the Pilgrimage are on our Archeparchy Facebook page  

Monday, September 29, 2014

"Why I Come to Church" DVD

Faithful Receive New DVD “Why I Come to Church” during the Divine Liturgies on September 27-28, 2014.

The Philadelphia Archeparchy has produced a new DVD entitled “Why I Come to Church.” It very simply and vividly expresses the thoughts and views of many different people as to the importance and value in their life of coming to Church. It invites people to think about their own reasons to come to church.

Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka has implemented this evangelization initiative in the Philadelphia Archeparchy “to bring greater vibrancy to the expression of our faith in our parishes.”

In commenting on the importance of this evangelization initiative, Metropolitan Stefan stated, “All of our parishes have experienced the loss of good souls over the past decades for many reasons, most of which are unknown to us.  You and I share a mission to give special and renewed vigor to searching for those who have found themselves lost or at a distance from our Church for whatever reason. . . . We hope this DVD will become an instrument for those who have been lost to reflect on the importance of coming to Church and thereby inviting them to return.”

He continued, “I ask all of our faithful to become missionaries in actively distributing this DVD to their family members, neighbors and friends.  I am hopeful that this will stir the hearts of some to consider returning home to their parish.   I encourage our faithful to take extra free copies of the DVD and distribute them to others, while extending a warm invitation to come to church.”

This DVD, along with the previous ones, is available on the various social media sites: Archeparchy Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Vimeo and Instagram.  The faithful are also encouraged to seek out these sites and to share the DVD electronically with all of their internet contacts.  

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