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St.Olha Sisterhood.

sviata kniagynia olgaThe history of the St. Olha Sisterhood is forever intertwined with the life of our parish these 60 years. They chose for themselves St. Olha – Princess of Kyiv Rus and First Christian as their patron. Through the years, they have exhibited the qualities of Olha – hard work, firm commitment and piety. From the earliest days of parish life when we were located on Yemens Street (Hamtramck) the first activists - Raisa Nosovsky-Baron, Alexandra Kozin, Olga Kolodko, Anisia Fylonenko-Szwed set the tone for those who followed. A list of Sisterhood presidents include: Paulina Corley (first president) who held office in 1955 and again in 1978. Dobrodijka Nina Biletsky (1952-1956), Anna Dovsyn (1956), Eugenia Lyaschuk (1957 – 1962), Anastasia Korolishin (1959), Alexandra Kozyn (1962; 1968 – 1972), Dobrodijka Nina Lytwakiwsky (1960-1961), Anisia Fylonenko-Szwed (1963-1964), Vera Harkuscha (1965-1966), Halina Hrytsik (1967), Dora Jefimenko (1974-1975), Olena Liskiwsky (1976- 1977), Nadia Romanczuk (1979-1983, 1991-1996), Irena Poroch (1984-1990), and Georgia Kereluik (1997-present). Financial secretaries: Lydia Popov, Apollinaria Smyk, Olena Liskiwsky and Halina Prytula. 

sisterhood 1The work of the Sisterhood falls into the following categories: As stewards of religious and Ukrainian traditions - they have long maintained the aesthetic setting of our church whether it has been coordinating cleaning crews before all major holy days or organizing embroidery projects as was done in the 1950’s – the women who participated in this were Sofia Kowalenko (the initiator of the first projects), Paraskevia Zholobetska (who embroidered the majority of the cloths), A. Lototska, Natalia Vonsul, Maria Trepet, Maria Kowal, Anna Hrycyk, Anisia Fylonenko - Szwed, Anna Hidzhak, Lyusya Hrynkiw, Shayenko (mother), Helen Wolynetz, Daria Krochmal, Maria Mokienko (senior). A special mention and expressions of gratitude go to A. Szwed, Halina Prytula and Olga Liskiwsky for their stewardship and care of the church interiors. In 2002, Halina Prytula spearheaded a project to sew a complete set of ritual cloths and covers for the Lenten period. During the last 10 years the Sisterhood has worked to embroider or order new ritual cloths, they have refurbished several of the priestly vestments (including the embroidered vestment), acquired 8 new sticharion for the altar servers and restored frames around some of the larger icons. Not only are they concerned for the beauty of the sanctuary, but they have purchased furniture and carpeting for the rectory and installed carpeting and new window treatments in the school.

sisterhoodIn an effort to create an atmosphere of fellowship and to help raise funds for their work, the Sisterhood has long hosted weekly lunches in the parish hall following Divine Services. They have also catered the traditional Christmas Eve Suppers (Sviata Vecheria), baked Easter paska breads and prepared baskets for blessing to share with the shut-in’s of our parish as well as spending many days preparing traditional foods for the parish picnic on Dibrova held annually during the Transfiguration Feast Day (Spasy / Preobrazhenia) in August. Much gratitude is expressed to those who have helped with the paska baking – this includes Olena Liskiwsky, Taisa Rozhin, Wara Siryj, Olga Liskiwskyi, and Georgia Kereluik. We also must mention the dedication of Tatiana Komar who always volunteered to help chauffeur members of the Sisterhood for various food preparation activities and to Mytro Jarosh who joined the ranks of the Sisterhood, albeit he was a man. You could find Mr. Jarosh during varenyky making days always in the kitchen helping out. He often said that the Sisterhood was the most active and best organized of all the parish organizations and he enjoyed working alongside these women.

In their role as promoters of Ukrainian identity, the Sisterhood has participated in the 200th Anniversary of the U.S.A. and the 100th Anniversary of Ukrainian Immigration in the U.S.A. Other events included the commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Ukrainian Women’s Movement, the Millennium Celebration of Christianity in Ukraine (1988) as well as helping prepare the food for the parish booth at the Detroit Ethnic Festivals. They have also promoted workshops of Ukrainian Easter Egg writing (pysanky) among non-Ukrainians (Garden Club, Extension Women’s Club and various public schools). In 2004, a Ukrainian embroidery exhibit was organized featuring examples of embroideries from Kyiv, Poltava, Kherson, Kuban, and Eastern Podillia.

Sisterhood 2010Since Ukraine regained her independence in 1991, the Sisterhood has also helped the needy by sending packages with clothing for the elderly and orphaned. During times of great need as with the floods in Zakarpatia (Transcarpathian region of Ukraine), the Sisterhood sent money through our Consistory. From 1991, they have helped with funds to build churches in the Cherkasy and Rivne regions as well as sending vestments to their priest. The Sisterhood was also a patron of the rebuilding of St. Michael’s Cathedral (Kyiv) and helping with donations to the Kyiv-Mohylianska Academy.

As you see there is much work to be shared. We ask and encourage our children, grandchildren, and the newly emigrated members of our parish to join the ranks of the Sisterhood and continue that work, which was started by your grandmothers and mothers. 

Halina Prytula 

(based on an article written by N. Romanczuk)

 

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Monday , April 19, 2021
(Julian calendar:
Monday , April 6, 2021)

Sts. Methodius and Ciril

Sixth Week of the Great Lent.   

St. Eutychius, patriarch of Constantinople (582).
St. Platonida (Platonis) of Nisibis (308).
120 Martyrs of Persia (345).
Martyrs Jeremiah and Archilias the Presbyter.
St. Methodius, Equal-to-the-Apostles, enlightener of the Slavs (885).

6th hour: Is. 48:17–49:4
Vespers: Gen. 27:1-41; Prov. 19:16-25

Monday , April 19, 2021
(Julian calendar:
Monday , April 6, 2021)

Gen. 27:1-41; Prov. 19:16-25
1 And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his elder son, and said unto him, My son. And he said unto him, Here am I.
2 And he said, Behold now, I am old, I know not the day of my death.
3 Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me venison.
4 And make me savory food, such as I love, and bring it to me, that I may eat. That my soul may bless thee before I die.
5 And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it.
6 And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying,
7 Bring me venison, and make me savory food, that I may eat, and bless thee before Jehovah before my death.
8 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee.
9 Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence two good kids of the goats. And I will make them savory food for thy father, such as he loveth.
10 And thou shalt bring it to thy father, that he may eat, so that he may bless thee before his death.
11 And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man.
12 My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver. And I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing.
13 And his mother said unto him, Upon me be thy curse, my son. Only obey my voice, and go fetch me them.
14 And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother. And his mother made savory food, such as his father loved.
15 And Rebekah took the goodly garments of Esau her elder son, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son.
16 And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck.
17 And she gave the savory food and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob.
18 And he came unto his father, and said, My father. And he said, Here am I. Who art thou, my son?
19 And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy first-born; I have done according as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me.
20 And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because Jehovah thy God sent me good speed.
21 And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau or not.
22 And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father. And he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.
23 And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau's hands. So he blessed him.
24 And he said, Art thou my very son Esau? And he said, I am.
25 And he said, Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son's venison, that my soul may bless thee. And he brought it near to him, and he did eat. And he brought him wine, and he drank.
26 And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son.
27 And he came near, and kissed him. And he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son Is as the smell of a field which Jehovah hath blessed.
28 And God five thee of the dew of heaven, And of the fatness of the earth, And plenty of grain and new wine.
29 Let peoples serve thee, And nations bow down to thee. Be lord over thy brethren, And let thy mother's sons bow down to thee. Cursed be every one that curseth thee, And blessed be every one that blesseth thee.
30 And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob was yet scarce gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.
31 And he also made savory food, and brought it unto his father. And he said unto his father, Let my father arise, and eat of his son's venison, that thy soul may bless me.
32 And Isaac his father said unto him, Who art thou? And he said, I am thy son, thy first-born, Esau.
33 And Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, Who then is he that hath taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have blessed him? Yea, [and] he shall be blessed.
34 When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with an exceeding great and bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father.
35 And he said, Thy brother came with guile, and hath taken away thy blessing.
36 And he said, Is not he rightly name Jacob? for he hath supplanted me these two time. He took away my birthright. And, behold, now he hath taken away my blessing. And he said, Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me?
37 And Isaac answered and said unto Esau, Behold, I have made him thy lord, and all his brethren have I given to him for servants. And with grain and new wine have I sustained him. And what then shall I do for thee, my son?
38 And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? Bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept.
39 And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, of the fatness of the earth shall be thy dwelling, And of the dew of heaven from above.
40 And by thy sword shalt thou live, and thou shalt serve thy brother. And it shall come to pass, when thou shalt break loose, That thou shalt shake his yoke from off thy neck.
41 And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him. And Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand. Then will I slay my brother Jacob.

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