Thursday, June 30, 2011

Enjoy season of sun, surf and liturgical services

What are you doing this summer? Are you going to the beach, cottage, or a summer camp? Wherever you vacation, Jesus Christ will be there with you. When you are away from home, continue to be with Him by thanking and glorifying God at liturgical church services.

At a Ukrainian summer camp or resort, there is usually a chapel where Divine Liturgies are served. Also, Ukrainian Catholic churches are found across Ontario. See a listing on our eparchial website at:

In more remote Ontario locales, you might find a Latin or Eastern Rite church to attend. See the listing on the Roman Catholic Torono Archdiocese website:
Visiting a new parish can enrich your faith. It is a way to meet new people, stay connected with God, and expand your network of fellow believers in Christ.

There are beautiful services for two Feast Days. Consider including these in your holiday plans: The Transfiguration, (Aug. 6/19) and The Dormition (Aug. 15/28).

Christ’s Transfiguration is recorded in the Gospels. See Mathew, 17:1-9. On this Feast Day, fruits and vegetables are blessed. They signify the flowering and fruitfulness of all creation in Heaven where all will be transformed by the Lord’s glory.

The Feast of the Dormition (Falling Asleep) of the Theotokos (Mother of God) commemorates the death, resurrection and glorification of Christ’s Mother, Mary. Church tradition teaches that Mary was resurrected bodily and taken to heaven. On this Feast Day, customarily, we bring flowers and herbs to church to be blessed.

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