Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist Celebrated in Ukraine

The website of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Archeparchy of Lviv has some nice pictures from the recent celebration of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist; June 24th on the Julian calendar currently occurs on July 7th of the Gregorian. (Here is the same link passed through Google-Translate, for what good it may do.) These photographs were taken at a church which is served by the clergy of a lavra dedicated to the Holy Forerunner; it is a beautiful example of the wooden structures of the 18th-century, situated in the middle of park on the outskirts of Lviv itself. After the All-night Vigil, consisting of Vespers, Matins and Artoklasia (the blessing and breaking of bread), two Divine Liturgies were celebrated, one very early in the morning, and a second one later on. The principal celebrant of the second Divine Liturgy was the Major Archbishop of Kiev-Halych, and head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic hierarchy, Sviatoslav Shevchuk, (elected and enthroned earlier this year,) along with two other bishops; a pontifical celebration of this sort had never been held in the church before.

The Artoklasia, called Litia in Slavonic.

The church building was actually moved to its current location from a village called Kryvky in 1930.

Archbishop Shevchuk holding the dikirion and trikirion, which represent the two natures of Christ and the three persons of the Holy Trinity.

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