Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Fox Chase Pilgrimage, 10/5/08

Did you attend the Pilgrimage at the Sisters of St. Basil the Great in Fox Chase, Jenkintown, PA? Share a memory with us from the Pilgrimage by clicking the "Comment" link at the bottom of this post.

Below is a video clip of The Beatitudes during the Liturgy.

Below is a video clip before the reading of the Holy Gospel during the Liturgy.

Below is a video clip of the Cherubicon sung during the Liturgy.

Below is a video clip during Communion.

Below is a video clip of the Youth Program with Sr. Lydia Anna Sawka, OSBM.

Below is a video clip of the Procession for Moleben.

Below is a video clip during the Moleben.

Pictures from the Pilgrimage during Liturgy, the Youth Program, and Moleben.

77th Annual Pilgrimage - Honoring the Mother of God
Fox Chase Manor, PA

Enjoying the perfect October weather, over 700 pilgrims joined the Sisters of the Order of Saint Basil the Great for their 77th annual Pilgrimage, under the Protection of the Mother of God. The Pilgrimage, held on October 4 and 5, 2008, was blessed with two bright, crisp fall days. 2008’s theme “Nurturing Oneself in the Image of the Mother of God.” incorporates caring, compassion, understanding, good works, and prayer - which all make up the fabric of unconditional love that is personified by and exemplified by the Mother of Christ.

In keeping with the theme, the 2008 event opened on the evening of October 4, with a special program for young adults at the Basilian Spirituality Center. At 7 P.M., pilgrims and Sisters joined for a candlelight procession to the grotto for the Akathist to the Mother of God, celebrated this year by Rev. Nestor Iwasiw from the Ukrainian Catholic Holy Family Parish in Washington, D.C. The cool autumn evening was made warm by the glow of brightly glowing candles and the exuberant spirit and enthusiasm of the nearly 50 young adults who chanted the responses during the Akathist and the familiar ritual of the Blessing of the Water that followed.
After the service, the young adults in attendance gathered in the Basilian Spirituality Center to engage in a spirited and inspirational dialogue guided by Rev. Michael Polosky from Saints Peter & Paul Parish, Ambridge PA and Sister Markella Venher, OSBM.

On Sunday morning, many pilgrims began the day with confession and a procession to the Basilian Spirituality Center for the bilingual Hierarchical Divine Liturgy celebrated by Archbishop Stefan Soroka with Bishop Basil Losten and Bishop John Bura. The Divine Liturgy response were sung by the seminarians of St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Seminary of Washington, DC, and the hymns rose on the voices of the children from Philadelphia’s St. Josaphat School.

The afternoon activities included a special Children’s Program conducted by Sister Lydia Anna Sawka at the Basilian Spirituality Center and the much-anticipated Moleben celebrated by Bishop John Bura at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pochaiv. The Rev. Wasyl Kharuk, St. Josaphat Seminary, Washington, D.C. delivered a stirring homily, and the choir of St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Catholic Church of Elizabeth New Jersey sang the Moleben responses, as pilgrims participated in the healing and comforting Mystery of Holy Anointing.

One of the featured highlights of 2008 was an exhibit dedicated to Mother Helena Langevych, OSBM, the foundress of the Philadelphia monastery whose motherly concern for the Sisters, orphans, and others under her care was legendary and a sparkling reflection of the attributes inspired by the Mother of God. In addition to the display many pilgrims seized the opportunity to walk to Mother Helena’s gravesite, seeking guidance, inspiration, and intervention with their worldly troubles. During the two-day event, Sister Laura Palka, OSBM, Provincial Superior, introduced the newly established Mother Helena Langevych Society, whose members perpetuate the legacy of Mother Helena by supporting her cause and by serving as a praying, healing, and life-giving presence in the lives of others.

Another cherished highlight was the blessing of religious articles brought by the pilgrims and the blessing of the cars and buses that were to take them home and, God willing, bring them safely back for next year’s pilgrimage.

The Sisters of the Order of Saint Basil the Great are a worldwide religious community. They respond to the needs of God's people today, embodying the welcoming presence of the Lord. In leading uniquely effective and innovative ministries in education, spiritual direction, evangelization, and lay collaboration, they bring the rich traditions and mysteries of the Eastern Church to those they encounter. For more information concerning this rich heritage, please call 215.379.3998 or visit us at www.stbasils.com.

Videos and Pictures taken by Teresa Siwak and Tanya Bilyj.

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Immaculate Conception School Reunion 9/27/08

Did you go to the Immaculate Conception School Reunion on September 27, 2008 in Philadelphia, PA? Share a memory from the reunion with us by clicking the "Comment" link at the bottom of this post.

Below is a video clip of Sr. Tharasia, SSMI at the Immaculate Conception School Reunion.

Below is a video clip of Sr. Charlotte, SSMI (also known by Sr. Zita) at the Immaculate Conception School Reunion.

Pictures from the Immaculate Conception School Reunion.

Pictures from the Treasury of Faith Museum

Reunion Liturgy


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Photos and video by Teresa Siwak and Tanya Bilyj.

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