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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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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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