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BASILIAN PILGRIMAGE HONORS METROPOLITAN SHEPTYTSKY
Sunday October 5, 2014

Plast and SUMA youth processing to Divine Liturgy

Plast, SUMA youth, clergy and Hierarchy processing to Divine Liturgy

The memory of the Servant of God, Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky , was invoked and honored at the 83rd Annual Protection of the Mother of God Pilgrimage sponsored by the Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great, Sunday, October 5, 2014.

Sisters and Pilgrims at Divine Liturgy

Very Rev. Dr. Ivan Kaszczak, Most Rev. Bohdan Danylo, Bishop-Elect of the Parma, OH, Eparchy,Most Reverend Metropolitan Archbishop Stefan Soroka, Very Rev. Philip Sandrick, OSBM, Provincial Superior, Basilian Fathers, Most Rev. Basil H. Losten, Bishop Emeritus of the Stamford, CT Eparchy, and Rev. Deacon Michael Waak.

Hundreds of faithful gathered at the Basilian Motherhouse, Fox Chase Manor, PA, to ask the intercession of Mary the Theotokos and to pray for the successful completion of the beatification process for the Servant of God, Andrey.

The day’s theme, “Call to Holiness: The Life of Metropolitan Andrew Sheptytsky on the 70th Anniversary of His Death”, was highlighted by the members of Plast and SUM leading hierarchy, clergy and religious in procession for the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. The main celebrant, Most Reverend Metropolitan Archbishop Stefan Soroka, was assisted during the Liturgy by Most Rev. Basil H. Losten, Bishop Emeritus of the Stamford, CT Eparchy, Most Rev. Bohdan Danylo, Bishop-Elect of the Parma, OH, Eparchy, Very Rev. Philip Sandrick, OSBM, Provincial Superior, Basilian Fathers, Very Rev. Dr. Ivan Kaszczak, Pastor, St. John the Baptist Parish, Hunter, NY, and Holy Trinity Parish, Kerhonkson, NY, Rev. Msgr. Peter Waslo, Motherhouse Chaplain, and Rev. Deacon Michael Waak. A seminarian from St. Josaphat Seminary assisted by the altar and responses were sung by the visiting choir from the Ukrainian National Shrine of the Holy Family, Washington, DC.

Plast and Suma youth during Divine Liturgy by Portrait of Metropolitan Sheptytsky with roses placed by them

Pilgrims during Divine Liturgy

Very Rev. Dr. Ivan Kaszczak, delivering homily during Divine Liturgy

In his homily, Father Kaszczak spoke of Metropolitan Andrey’s deep sense of responsibility that extended beyond the members of his flock. “He spoke many languages and believed the welfare of all the people of the world was his obligation—an example to all children of God to follow the Gospel, loving and being responsible for one another.”

Holy Communion

Sister Dorothy Ann Busowski, OSBM Provincial Superior, greeting Pilgrims

At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, Metropolitan Archbishop Stefan thanked everyone for their prayerful participation and offered special thanks to Sister Dorothy Ann Busowski, OSBM, Provincial Superior, and the Basilian Sisters for sponsoring the Pilgrimage. Sister Dorothy Ann also extended the prayers and gratitude of the Sisters to the hierarchy and clergy and commended the participants for seeking spiritual renewal through a personal commitment to Christ and His Mother and for taking the opportunity to remember and honor a truly great personage of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky. Sister also congratulated Most Rev. Bishop-elect Bohdan J. Danylo whose Episcopal ordination will take place November 4 in the Eparchy of Parma, OH.

Most Rev. Bohdan Danylo, Bishop-Elect of the Parma, OH, Eparchy, Most Reverend Metropolitan Archbishop Stefan Soroka, Most Rev. Basil H. Losten, Bishop Emeritus of the Stamford, CT Eparchy

Pilgrimage Food Court

All were invited to visit the Basilian Spirituality Center to view a commemorative display and a film portraying Metropolitan Sheptytsky’s life and his message of hope and unity in the midst of war and conflict.

Pilgrims enjoying the day

Portrait of Metropolitan Sheptytsky adorned with flowers placed by Plast and Suma youth

At the Shrine of Our Lady of Pochayiv, the praying of the rosary led by Mothers in Prayer was followed by the Moleben service in honor of Mary, Theotokos. The extending of the Episcopal blessing and anointing of all participants concluded the day of prayer.

St. Basil Academy students processing to Moleben service at Grotto

 

Visiting choir from the Ukrainian National Shrine of the Holy Family,
Washington, DC

 

photos taken by Kathy Notarfrancesco

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