Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://ukrainianorthodoxchurchusa.com/ 60 Understanding the Nativity Icon http://ukrainianorthodoxchurchusa.com/news_160103_1.html Sat, 06 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://ukrainianorthodoxchurchusa.com/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/icons/nativity-1.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=71&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">Orthodox Christians do not celebrate the birth of baby Jesus, we celebrate the Incarnation. What?, you say. What is the Incarnation? This is an important word as it means God becomes Man. This is what we celebrate. The birth of Jesus was that moment in history when God sent His only begotten Son to become like us, taking on human flesh for our healing. This miracle of miracles took place though the ascent of Mary whom we call the Theotokos, Birth-giver of God. God with His divine will became man, taking on a human will in human flesh so Man could unite his human will with God&rsquo;s divine will. From the time of Adam and Eve, man was separated from God ,unable to follow God&rsquo;s law. The Incarnation is the beginning of the transformation of mankind so we can be reunited with God.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://ukrainianorthodoxchurchusa.com/news_160103_1.html Наближається Різдво... http://ukrainianorthodoxchurchusa.com/news_160103_2.html Sat, 06 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://ukrainianorthodoxchurchusa.com/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/icons/Nativity_Christ.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=63&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">Різдво Господа нашого Ісуса Христа, або як ми ще називаємо &ndash; Різдвяні свята &ndash; знову наближається! Знову настала ця пора року, а з нею і радісні хвилини. Але насправді, що таке є Різдво? Чи це подарунки під ялинкою, різдвяні світла у вікнах, привітальні листівки, вечері з родиною та друзями, сніг на подвір&rsquo;ї, чи привітання &ldquo;Веселих свят&rdquo; тих, хто на вулиці проходить повз нас? Для багатьох людей Різдвяний Піст є часом смутку, тому що вони не мають необхідних коштів для того, щоб купити подарунки для своїх дітей, родичів та друзів. Багато з людей сумують у Різдвяний час коли вони згадують про своїх близьких, які не можуть приїхати додому та святкувати разом з ними. Вечеря на День Подяки для декого на жаль залишається тільки мрією, а не реальністю.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://ukrainianorthodoxchurchusa.com/news_160103_2.html The genealogy of Jesus Christ http://ukrainianorthodoxchurchusa.com/news_141223_1.html Tue, 26 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://ukrainianorthodoxchurchusa.com/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/icons/king.jpg&archive=0&final_h=156&final_w=90&percent=100"><p>On this, the Sunday before the Nativity, the Church prescribes the first chapter of the Gospel of Matthew. The second half of the reading is the nativity story. Joseph is betrothed to Mary, but she is found to be with child, and so his marriage to her remains a secret until after the birth. It is the story we all know; the story we have heard every year, all of our lives.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://ukrainianorthodoxchurchusa.com/news_141223_1.html Genealogy http://ukrainianorthodoxchurchusa.com/news_140101_1.html Tue, 26 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0500 <div><img border="0" hspace="5" vspace="0" align="left" src="https://ukrainianorthodoxchurchusa.com/display_image.php?ext=jpg&relativeimage=images/icons/FMcross.jpg&archive=0&final_h=90&final_w=58&percent=100"><p style="text-align: justify;">Genealogy is a popular pastime for many Americans today. There are numerous high-profile websites and even TV programs dedicated to helping people learn &ldquo;who they are&rdquo;. Many people begin their ancestry search hoping to find wealthy or noble predecessors, naively hoping to find someone who came over on the Mayflower (little danger of that for us Ukrainian Orthodox!) Yet as any experienced genealogist will confirm, it&rsquo;s not what you want to find, but what you really do find that you must be prepared to accept.</p></div> Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA http://ukrainianorthodoxchurchusa.com/news_140101_1.html