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Our history

Parish Board. 1951

In March of 1950 a group of Ukrainian new immigrants in the Detroit area resolved to establish a parish under the  Protection of the Virgin Mary, the Protectress of the dispossessed. The founders of the parish were Maxim Boychuk, Ivan Lukianchuk, Michael Boyko, Peter Trepet, Paul Palanytsia, Michael Kos, Eng. Liampychkyj, Dmytro Liubansky, Ivan Kytasty, Mykola Liskiwskyi, Peter Fylonenko, Hryhorij Kytasty, Serghij Fursa, Wasyl Kotovych, Wasyl Kitsul, Ivan Scherbij. 

The parish became a cathedral under the spiritual guidance of Bishop Volodymyr who fell asleep in the Lord in 1967 – to this day, his bishop’s staff stands by the iconostasis.

29 streetFor 20 years, the parish was located on 29th Street and Michigan Avenue in Detroit. In 1970, after many years of fundraising and planning, the parish family moved to the current location in Southfield, Michigan. 

A very active group of parishioners were involved with the site selection and building of the new parish complex, they were: Mytro Jarosh, Mykola Szwed, Mykola Oleksienko, Ivan Romanchuk, Leonid Kowal, Ivan
Zholobetsky and others. The Southfield location was scouted by the parish council, Father Mykola Lytwakiwsky and President of the Parish Council Ivan Zholobetsky (along with his daughter Alexandra Misiong) and then the fundraising began in earnest. A building committee was formed and consisted of Vitalij Brylko, Roman Sepell, Peter Kytasty and Serge Omelchenko all engineers or businessmen. The architect responsible for the design of the church and hall was Alexander Nazaretz. The project was further coordinated by subsequent parish council presidents Mykola Samokyshyn and Fedir Fedorenko. In 1985, the building and mounting of the new iconostasis was completed. Mykola Liskiwskyi designed and built the iconostas and the icons from the studio of Boris Makarenko (Yonkers, NY) were installed with the framework. 


verbnaIn 1972 Father Nestor Stolarchuk came to our parish as an energetic pastor and during his 15 years of work many aspects of our parish life flourished – Lesia Ukrainka School of Religious and Ukrainian Studies, Ukrainian Orthodox League as well as the scouting organization of ODUM. Once Fr. Nestor retired, Fr. Mykola Newmerzyckyj served our parish for 13 years until his health required him to serve a smaller parish. Fr. Pawlo Bodnarchuk has been with the parish for over 13 years now and brings with him a great love for his faith and Ukraine. 


Many events have occurred during the course of these 60 years – many of the founders and parish activists have left this earthly life and we who remain must care for our Church and preserve our Ukrainian identity . Our mission and responsibility is to safeguard our next generations allowing them to grow and thrive within the framework of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and to understand the Mother Church in Ukraine.We are obliged to give these children the opportunity to learn Ukrainian, the traditions of Ukraine and our Orthodox faith. We must treasure and appreciate each parishioner - for every individual is unique and irreplaceable. Let us also appreciate and respect our spiritual leaders and the hierarchs of the UOC of the USA and Ukraine.

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Apr. 5 Sunday 10 AM
St. Mary of Egypt 

Apr. 7 Tuesday 10 AM
Annunciation 

Apr.11 Saturday 10 AM 
St. Lazarus Saturday 

Apr. 12 Sunday 10 AM 
Palm Sunday 

Due to coronavirus
no Public Services!


Livestream Services:

Apr. 5 Sunday 10 AM
St. Mary of Egypt 

Apr. 7 Tuesday 10 AM
Annunciation 

Apr.11 Saturday 10 AM 
St. Lazarus Saturday 

Apr. 12 Sunday 10 AM 
Palm Sunday 

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  Church Calendar

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Friday , April 10, 2020
(Julian calendar:
Friday , March 28, 2020)

St. Hilarion the New
St. Hilarion the New, abbot of Pelecete (754).
St. Stephen the Wonderworker, abbot of Tryglia (815).
Martyrs Jonah and Barachisius and those with them in Persia: Zanithas, Lazarus, Maruthas (Marotas), Narses, Elias, Marinus (Mares), Abibus, Sembeeth (Sivsithina), and Sabbas (330).
Martyr Eustratius of the Kyiv Caves (1097).

6th hour: Is. 66:10-24
Vespers: Gen. 49:33–50:26; Prov. 31:8-32

Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Friday , April 10, 2020
(Julian calendar:
Friday , March 28, 2020)

Gen. 49:33–50:26; Prov. 31:8-32
33 And when Jacob made an end of charging his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people.

Chapter: 50

1 And Joseph fell upon his father's face, and wept upon him, and kissed him.
2 And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father: and the physicians embalmed Israel.
3 And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of embalming: and the Egyptians wept for him three-score and ten days.
4 And when the days of weeping for him were past, Joseph spake unto the house of Pharaoh, saying, If now I have found favor in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the ears of Pharaoh, saying,
5 My father made me swear, saying, Lo, I die: in my grave which I have digged for me in the land of Canaan, there shalt thou bury me. Now therefore let me go up, I pray thee, and bury my father, and I will come again.
6 And Pharaoh said, Go up, and bury thy father, according as he made thee swear.
7 And Joseph went up to bury his father; and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt,
8 and all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his father's house: only their little ones, and their flocks, and their herds, they left in the land of Goshen.
9 And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen: and it was a very great company.
10 And they came to the threshing-floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, and there they lamented with a very great and sore lamentation: and he made a mourning for his father seven days.
11 And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning in the floor of Atad, they said, This is a grievous mourning to the Egyptians: wherefore the name of it was called Abel-mizraim, which is beyond the Jordan.
12 And his sons did unto him according as he commanded them:
13 for his sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which Abraham bought with the field, for a possession of a burying-place, of Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre.
14 And Joseph returned into Egypt, he, and his brethren, and all that went up with him to bury his father, after he had buried his father.
15 And when Joseph's brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, It may be that Joseph will hate us, and will fully requite us all the evil which we did unto him.
16 And they sent a message unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying,
17 So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the transgression of thy brethren, and their sin, for that they did unto thee evil. And now, we pray thee, forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him.
18 And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we are thy servants.
19 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?
20 And as for you, ye meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
21 Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.
22 And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father's house: and Joseph lived a hundred and ten years.
23 And Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation: the children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were born upon Joseph's knees.
24 And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die; but God will surely visit you, and bring you up out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
25 And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.
26 So Joseph died, being a hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.

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