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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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Слава Ісусу Христу!

SVIAT VECHIR: JANUARY 6
Please order your Sviat Vechir / Holy Supper tickets by tomorrow, December 31 by contacting either Wara Siryj (586 751-4805) or Vera Murha (734 953-0305) or by email at veramurha@aol.com
Adults: $25 and children ages 7-16 for $15.
We need to have a good headcount in order to prepare for the supper.
COME & HELP: Please volunteer your time to help with preparations, serving and/or clean up, please contact me or stop by the sign up board in the parish hall tomorrow. Come spend the last Sunday of 2017 at Church praying together ...

JR UOL COLLECTIONS for the homeless (Orthodox Detroit Outreach) and ZOE! For Life will be picked up on December 31 by Anna Powers and family. If you haven't yet, please bring your donations of men's socks, protein bars, non-perishable (easy to open) canned goods and gently used or new children's clothing TOMORROW.

Субота, 30 грудня / Saturday, December 30
5:00 p.m. Вечірня | Vespers & confessions following the end of Vespers

Неділя, 31 грудня / Sunday, December 31
9:30 Confession / Сповідь - please be considerate of Father Paul and be on time
10:00 Divine Liturgy / Св. Літургія

FOLLOWING LITURGY on December 31, in the parish hall:
BUY CHRISTMAS ITEMS: You are invited to meet Oles Cheren from Cataract Press (Parma, Ohio) who will visit our parish with a large collection of Ukrainian & English language books, greeting cards, jewelry, mugs, embroideries, t-shirts, scarves and much more. The focus of their display is the Nativity and includes Ukrainian Christmas items. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to our parish. We encourage our members and guests to take advantage of this great opportunity.

Різдвяний парафіяльний вісник – Parish Christmas Bulletin
Дякуючи о. Павлові, ми видрукували наш різдвяний вісник.
Thanks to Fr. Pawlo, we have already published our annual parish Christmas publication.
Here is the link: http://protectress.org/bulletins/drafts/rizdvo_2018.pdf
We have copies at Church – thank you to the...

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Confession: 9:40 AM
Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM

SATURDAYS

Vespers: 5:00 PM
Confession: 5:40 PM

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Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM

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Monday , January 22, 2018
(Julian calendar:
Monday , January 9, 2018)

Martyr Polyeuctus
Afterfeast of the Theophany.
Martyr Polyeuctus of Mlitene in Armenia (259).
Prophet Shemaiah (Samaia, Semeias) (10th c. B.C.).
St. Peter, bishop of Sebaste in Armenia (395), and brother of St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory of Nyssa.
Ven. Eustratius the Wonderworker of Tarsus (821).

Monday , January 22, 2018
(Julian calendar:
Monday , January 9, 2018)