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Cathedral Choir

March 1950 – the choir was officially organized under the direction of Dmytro Lubansky (soloist of the T. Shevchenko Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus). By the end of the year, the choir acquired additional members from the renowned Nestor Horodovenko Chorus and was being directed by Ivan Trochymovych Kytasty. 

1950-1975 - Ivan T. Kytasty directed the choir and dedicated himself to expanding the choir’s repertoire (i.e. learning the O. Koshetz’s Liturgy in its entirety) and training the younger and newer choir members. Along with singing during Divine Services, the choir participated in numerous concerts and programs including Ukrainian music festivals hosted in Flint, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario. They were also invited to perform 2 concerts of Ukrainian carols and religious songs by a Presbyterian Church in Southfield. 

1975 – Vasyl Spisarchuk and Tatiana Hychko – Following the death of I. Kytasty, V. Spisarchuk and T. Hychko led the choir for a short period of time.

Fall of 1975 – 1976 Petro Kondratenko, a renowned church choir conductor, led the choir and shared his deep love of religious music. His attention to detail and great discipline further enhanced the development of the choir.

1976-2006 Petro Ivanovych Kytasty, son of I. Kytasty was convinced by P. Kondratenko of the importance of taking over the choir. Mr. P. Kytasty took on this role for 30 years during which time the choir added the Liturgies of Kyrylo Stetsenko and Hryhory Kytasty and other composers to their repertoire. In 1984 Mykola Samokyshyn and a group of choir members under the direction of P. Kytasty learned seldom sung Ukrainian carols and began caroling for various causes, i.e. aid to the Ukrainian dissident Mykola Rudenko, in support of “Rukh” (V. Chornovil) political party, aid to the Children of Chornobyl and later UCARE, Inc. Over the years, they collected and donated $15, 960 to these causes. 

2006-present day Mykola M. Newmerzyckyj (son of our former pastor, Father Mykola Newmerzyckyj ) was selected to lead the choir. He is very well versed in church music and has organized the choir to have weekly rehearsals and has published all the major Liturgies of the Church Calendar in a standardized format using a music writing software. 

Many thanks to all the dedicated choir members through the years for their commitment and beautiful singing. Throughout the years, we were blessed to have over 35 trained singers from the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus as members of our choir. Eternal Memory (Vichnaya Pamiat) to all the choir members and conductors who have Fallen Asleep in the Lord! We wish good health to M. Newmerzyckyj along with all the members of the choir – wishing you good fortune without end and a long life to praise the Lord with your singing!

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Na Jordanskij richci
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Diva Siohodni
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Boh sia Rojdae
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Confession: 5:40 PM

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Wednesday , February 19, 2020
(Julian calendar:
Wednesday , February 6, 2020)

Martyr Dorothea
Afterfeast of the Meeting of our Lord.
Ven. Bucolus, bishop of Smyrna (ca. 100).
Virgin-martyr Dorothea, and with her Martyrs Christina and Callista, sisters, and Theophilus, at Caesarea in Cappadocia (288-300).
Virgin-martyr Fausta, and with her Martyrs Evilasius and Maximus, at Cyzicus (ca. 305-311).
Martyr Julian of Emesa (312).
Virgin-martyrs Martha and Mary, and their brother Martyr Lycarion, in Egypt.
Venn. Barsanuphius the Great and John the Prophet, monks of Palestine (6th c.).
St. Photius, patriarch of Constantinople (891).

Apostle: 1Jn. 3:21–4:6
Gospel: Mrk. 14:43–15:1

Wednesday , February 19, 2020
(Julian calendar:
Wednesday , February 6, 2020)

Mrk. 14:43–15:1
43 And straightway, while he yet spake, cometh Judas, one of the twelve, and with him a multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.
44 Now he that betrayed him had given them a token, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that is he; take him, and lead him away safely.
45 And when he was come, straightway he came to him, and saith, Rabbi; and kissed him.
46 And they laid hands on him, and took him.
47 But a certain one of them that stood by drew his sword, and smote the servant of the high priest, and struck off his ear.
48 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Are ye come out, as against a robber, with swords and staves to seize me?
49 I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but [this is done] that the scriptures might be fulfilled.
50 And they all left him, and fled.
51 And a certain young man followed with him, having a linen cloth cast about him, over [his] naked [body]: and they lay hold on him;
52 but he left the linen cloth, and fled naked.
53 And they led Jesus away to the high priest: and there come together with him all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes.
54 And Peter had followed him afar off, even within, into the court of the high priest; and he was sitting with the officers, and warming himself in the light [of the fire].
55 Now the chief priests and the whole council sought witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found it not.
56 For many bare false witness against him, and their witness agreed not together.
57 And there stood up certain, and bare false witness against him, saying,
58 We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands.
59 And not even so did their witness agree together.
60 And the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?
61 But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and saith unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?
62 And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.
63 And the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, What further need have we of witnesses?
64 Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned him to be worthy of death.
65 And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him, Prophesy: and the officers received him with blows of their hands.
66 And as Peter was beneath in the court, there cometh one of the maids of the high priest;
67 and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and saith, Thou also wast with the Nazarene, [even] Jesus.
68 But he denied, saying, I neither know, nor understand what thou sayest: and he went out into the porch; and the cock crew.
69 And the maid saw him, and began again to say to them that stood by, This is [one] of them.
70 But he again denied it. And after a little while again they that stood by said to Peter, of a truth thou art [one] of them; for thou art a Galilaean.
71 But he began to curse, and to swear, I know not this man of whom ye speak.
72 And straightway the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word, how that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.

Chapter: 15

1 And straightway in the morning the chief priests with the elders and scribes, and the whole council, held a consultation, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him up to Pilate.

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