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82nd Annual Pilgrimage to the Mother of God
Sunday October 6, 2013

Hundreds of faithful gathered Sunday, October 6, 2013, for the 82nd Annual Protection of the Mother of God Pilgrimage sponsored by the Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great, Jesus Lover of Humanity Province, Fox Chase Manor, PA.

The theme for this year’s gathering, “Accepting the Cross: Martyrs of the Ukrainian Catholic Church”, paid homage to the twenty-seven brave men and women who suffered religious persecution at the hands of terrorist regimes in Ukraine.

Participating in the Pilgrimage for the first time since his episcopal ordination by His Beatitude Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, was the Most Reverend Borys Gudziak, President of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv and now newly appointed Apostolic Exarch for Ukrainians in France, Switzerland, Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg. Bishop Gudziak is also the recipient of the Ukrainian Federation of America award for his outstanding leadership, courage and vision.

The highlight of the day was the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. The hierarchy, clergy and religious were led in procession by young members of Plast and SUM bearing the framed likenesses of the honored martyrs which were then placed before the altar. The main celebrant, Most Reverend Metropolitan Archbishop Stefan Soroka, was assisted during the Liturgy by Most Reverend Bishop Borys Gudziak, Very Rev. Archpriest Daniel Troyan, Rev. Roman Sverdan, Rev. Deacon Michael Waak and seminarians from St. Josaphat Seminary, Washington, DC.

In his homily, Bishop Gudziak commended the pilgrims for cooperating with the grace of God by gathering on holy ground for a time of self-examination and spiritual renewal. He reminded all of the 1988 Millenium of Christianity in Ukraine and spoke of the one thousandth anniversary in 2015 of the martyrdom of SS. Borys and Hlib, witnesses to non-violence and cornerstones of the early Christian Church, the first saints canonized in Kievan Rus’ after the Christianization of the country.

Bishop Borys drew attention to the images reverently place before the altar, and spoke of how their ordinary lives unexpectedly were changed by extraordinary challenges. “Look at these pictures. These regular people never dreamed their lives would change so dramatically, that they would be called to make the supreme sacrifice. It would be a loss,” the bishop continued,” if we left a pilgrimage without a challenge. The word ‘martyr’ means ‘witness’. Do we witness to Christ?”

At the conclusion of the Liturgy, Metropolitan Archbishop Stefan thanked everyone for their participation and extended special thanks to Sr. Dorothy Ann Busowski, OSBM, Provincial Superior, and the Basilian Sisters for helping to make the day of prayer and self-renewal possible.

At the afternoon veneration of the martyrs’ relics in the Holy Trinity Chapel, Father Troyan, Basilian Motherhouse Chaplain, spoke on the life of Blessed Vasyl Velychkovsky, CSsR, bishop and martyr, highlighting his clerical career from Redemptorist seminarian to bishop, his selfless work among his flock in Ukraine and his frequent conflicts with the prevailing foreign occupation. After frequent arrests and imprisonment due to his work in the underground Church and his steadfast allegiance to his beloved Ukrainian Catholic Church, Bishop Vasyl was released from prison and exiled from Ukraine.

He was welcomed to the Ukrainian Catholic community in Winnipeg, Canada, by Metropolitan Maxim Hermaniuk, CSsR, and, after a year, overcome by the effects of tortures and much suffering, he died a martyr’s death June 30, 1973. After Father’s talk, those present came forth to venerate the bishop’s relics and to receive anointing from Father Troyan and Father Sverdan.

Also on display were additional relics of other Ukrainian martyrs and venerable men and women. Sister Judith Piszyk, OSBM, explained their origin and classification and reasons for their veneration.

The highlight of the afternoon’s spiritual activities was the prayerful moleben in honor of Mary, Theotokos at the grotto shrine of Our Lady of Pochayiv. Bishop Borys again spoke of the martyrs of Ukraine as those witnesses who teach us how to proceed in life, how to face difficulties and deal with challenges. “They did not try to control, but they witnessed to truth and to proper relationships.” The bishop offered as a shining example among many, Blessed Emilian Kovch, priest and martyr, who was condemned to death in a Nazi death camp for aiding the Jews. “From the time of St. Stephen, the first martyr, these witnesses to Christ, have taught us the formula for staying on the straight and narrow path in the face of so many difficulties and distractions. They are our exemplars; will we emulate them?”

After receiving the episcopal blessing and anointing, the pilgrims departed for home with a newly-found spiritual peace under the protection of the honored martyrs.

 

 

Homily by Bishop Borys Gudziak during Annual Pilgrimage on the Witness of Blessed Omelian Kovch. The 82nd Annual Pilgrimage honoring the Mother of God was held on Sunday, October 6, 2013 on the grounds of the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great in Fox Chase Manor, PA. The theme of this year's Pilgrimage was "Accepting the Cross: Martyrs of the Ukrainian Catholic Church". Bishop Borys Gudziak delivered the homily during the afternoon Moleben. A transcript of his remarks can be found here (PDF)

 

 

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