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Junior Ukrainian Orthodox League

In 2008 St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, in Southfield, MI, saw a new beginning, a renewed commitment to the future of the Orthodox Church. In September of that year the parish organized a new chapter of the Junior Ukrainian Orthodox League. Under the guidance of their Spiritual Advisor, Father Paul Bodnarchuk; Senior Chapter Advisor, Liza Symonenko; and newly elected president Natalie Serdiuk, the chapter began to take shape. As the saying goes, “Mighty oaks from little acorns grow,” and the parish has a plentiful harvest of acorns, 17 of which are registered Jr. U.O.L. members.

Over the course of the last couple years the chapter has grown into a stable and integral part of this parish. The children have taken Christ’s instruction to “let their light shine before all men” literally, by serving those in their own congregation and beyond.

Chapter members have undertaken a number of activities in their efforts to be of service and to aid others. The parish has benefited from the children working in the kitchen, providing food to break parishioner’s Sunday morning fast, holding annual Christmas and Pascha stores (where parishioners can acquire many items needed to celebrate the holidays – from kutia to kovbasa), participating in church services, planning and performing a Christmas program, decorating the church for holidays, creating, printing and passing out commemorative bookmarks, icons and leaflets to mark various Church Feast days, delivering Holy Water during Theophany to the elderly and shutins, as well as blessed Easter baskets during Pascha. The local community has benefitted from the children collecting non-perishable foods for a local food pantry, clothing and toiletries for St. Herman’s Monastery (homeless shelter), cleaning gravesites of parishioners, as well as strangers, writing letters and sending funds to support the OPM (Orthodox Prison Ministry). 

The world community has benefited from the children collecting funds to aid the less fortunate in Ukraine (St. Andrew’s Soup Kitchen), Haiti (Earthquake relief), donating funds and supplies to the I.O.C.C. (International Orthodox Christian Charities), etc. 

In 2009 the Jr. U.O.L. chapter from our parish was awarded the “Chapter of the Year” award during the annual Ukrainian Orthodox League Convention. This was quite the accomplishment considering it was the chapter’s first year in existence. In their second year, 2010, the chapter has earned awards in the Cultural Contest for the category they entered. Additionally, the children once again entered the essay contests for their age groups and brought home a number of awards, certificates and icons. More important than the recognition and awards, is the fact that the children are growing in the way’s of the Lord – learning to love and care for their neighbors, learning compassion, selflessness and dedication to the Church. Not only are they Ukrainian, they are Orthodox – the best of both the physical and spiritual worlds. All these activities aid our children, our little acorns, to spread their branches and reach towards God. May they continue to grow tall and strong in their faith. May Christ, our God, always be with them, helping them, guiding them and motivating them to do His work! 

Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory forever! Слава Ісусу Христу! Слава на віки! 

Elizabeth Symonenko

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St. Mary of Egypt 

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Annunciation 

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Apr. 12 Sunday 10 AM 
Palm Sunday 

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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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