Ukrainian Catholics started Celebration of the Baptism of Rus

Today with a prayer service at St. Volodymyr’s Hill Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church began the celebration of the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Kyivan Rus. Prayer was led by the head of the UGCC Patriarch Sviatoslav (Shevchuk). Source: Religious Information Service of Ukraine (http://risu.org.ua/en/)17 August 2013, 20:19 | Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC)  Some pictures from the event.

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6 Things You Should Know about the Melkite Catholic Church

    This article, published on September 7th 2012, is reproduced with the kind permission of the St Peter’s List (http://www.stpeterslist.com). 6 Things You Should Know about the Melkite Catholic Church Pope Pius XII, Bishop of Rome and Melkite Patriarch of Antioch, Maximos IV Listers: as you know, the universal Catholic Church is comprised of 23 sui iuris (self-governing) ritual Churches united by their communion with each other and with the See of Rome. Though the Roman Church is the largest, […]

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H Παναγία η Μαλτέζα: ‘The Maltese’ Holy Mother of God in Santorini (Greece)

Perhaps not many are aware that on the Greek island of Santorini, renowned worldwide for its natural beauty in the middle of the Aegean sea, a local church in the village of Imerovigli, houses an icon which the locals call the ‘Maltese’ Holy Mother of God. The story behind this holy icon is indeed very intriguing. According to the local Greek tradition, the icon was found at sea by Captain Theordoros Borlis, from Imerovigli, during one of his journeys from Santorini […]

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Pope Francis about the Byzantine Liturgy

Excerpt from the press conference given by Pope Francis during his flight back to Rome from the World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Sunday, 28 July 2013. Answering a question by the Russian journalist Alexey Bukalov, Pope Francis had this to say about the Byzantine liturgy. (Italian original) Alexey Bukalov: Buonasera Santo Padre. Santo Padre, tornando all’ecumenismo: oggi gli ortodossi festeggiano i 1.025 anni del cristianesimo, ci sono grandissimi festeggiamenti in molte capitali. Se vuole fare un commento su questo […]

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The Blessing of Easter Baskets

On Sunday, May 5th 2013, the Greek-Catholic church of Our Lady of Damascus was literally packed with Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Serbian and other Slav faithful accompanied by their children. Since early in the morning, they flocked the church, carrying colourful Easter baskets which they placed in front of the iconostasis. At the end of Holy Liturgy, Papas George blessed the great number of baskets, after which the congregation solemnly chanted the paschal hymn Christos Anesti ek Nekron – Christ is […]

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Easter Week 2013 at ‘Our Lady of Damascus’.

As in previous years, the Greek-Catholic Church of Our Lady of Damascus (Valletta, Malta) this year has celebrated the various services and divine liturgies characterizing the Holy Week and which lead to the glorious day of Holy Easter. Apart from members of the local community, these holy services and liturgies were also attended by a number of local and foreign visitors. Watch slide show with photos taken during this year’s (2013) Holy Week below.     

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Easter Hymn: Christós Anésti

From Easter Sunday till the holy feast of Pentecost, churches of the Eastern rite resound with this hymn: Χριστὸς ἀνέστη ἐκ νεκρῶν, θανάτῳ θάνατον πατήσας, καὶ τοῖς ἐν τοῖς μνήμασι, ζωὴν χαρισάμενος! Transliteration: Christós anésti ek nekrón, thanáto thánaton patísas, ké tís en tís mnímasi, zoín charisámenos! English translation: Christ is risen from the dead, Trampling down death by death, And upon those in the tombs Bestowing life!

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Holy Week: Easter Sunday

Services at ‘Our Lady of Damascus’ (Valletta) on Easter Sunday: Starting at 08.00:  Matins of the Resurrection Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom Reading of the Gospel in different languages Distribution of the red paschal eggs

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Reproductions of the icon of Our Lady of Damascus

Reproductions of the icon of Our Lady of Damascus are now available in four formats. Picture of the icon (29cm x 20cm): Euro 1.50 Card size (21cm x 15cm): Euro 1 Postcard (15cm x 10.5cm): 50 cents Holy Picture: 20 cents. These can be acquired directly from the Greek-Catholic Church (Valletta).   Orders can also be made by contacting the Parish Priest, Papas George Mifsud on tel. (00356) 21-237872    

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