Metropolitan of Kyiv & All-Ukraine
Father & Head of the UAOC Worldwide
At the helm of a new decade, we as a church once again enter into the renewing season of Great Lent. Since Lent, among other things, is a time of introspection, honesty and an occasion to admit wrongs and make amends, we would all do well to use this time wisely.
In the thirteenth chapter of the Gospel of Luke, read on the third Sunday of Lent in some lectionaries this year, Jesus offers his listeners the parable of the fig tree that did not produce fruit. The owner of the property wanted the caretaker to chop down the tree, since it was of no use to him. Instead, the caretaker suggested that the the tree be allowed to stand for one year more, and that he would give it special and extra attention. Perhaps then, it would bear fruit, and if no, then the owner could remove the tree.
GLORY TO JESUS CHRIST! GLORY FOREVER!
СЛАВА ІСУСУ ХРИСТУ! СЛАВА НА ВІКИ!
¡GLORIA A JESUCRISTO! ¡GLORIA PARA SIEMPRE!
Great Lent 2010The Lenten Spring has come, the light of repentance. O brothers and sisters, let us purify ourselves by fasting, crying out to the Giver of Life: "Glory to you, O Lover of Humankind."
(Stichera, Tone 1)
Archbishop of New York
Metropolitan of All America & the Diaspora Presiding Hierarch