UCU’s New Church Observes Month of Uninterrupted Prayer

Monday, October 10, 2016

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The newly-built University Church of the Holy Wisdom of God, on the territory of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU), is observing a time of uninterrupted prayer. The prayer vigil started on the day of the consecration of the church, September 11, and will continue to the Feast of the Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God, Oct 14 on the Julian calendar. The month-long prayer chain is being “woven” by the whole community – students, teachers, staff, and guests of the university.

“This time of prayer should not only fill and warm our new sanctuary and not only rally our community around what is really important. It should help us better understand what the Lord calls us to in our ministry to those in need and prepare us for a new stage of this ministry. May the Lord open the doors of our mercy and give us the strength to build God’s Kingdom with acts of mercy and confirm the God-given dignity of each person, regardless of their wealth or social status!” said UCU Rector Fr. Bohdan Prach, PhD.

In the words of Fr. Yuriy Sakvuk, Director of UCU’s Spiritual-Pastoral Department, a month of uninterrupted prayer is a great opportunity to thank God for all His gifts, to ask for His blessing of good beginnings, and in the calm of the church to listen to His word, with care personally directed to each one. This prayerful vigil is filled with the singing of psalms, the Jesus Prayer, the rosary, the akathist, or reading the Gospel or works of the Holy Fathers.

The Ukrainian Catholic University encourages all to build up and nurture the University Church of the Holy Wisdom of God. Each one who wants can make his or her personal contribution: time dedicated to prayer in the church.

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On September 11, His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Father and Head of the UGCC, blessed commemorative markers for founders and benefactors who made a donation for the building of the church.

“The University Church of the Holy Wisdom of God has appeared thanks to the sincere support of benefactors and friends of UCU. We are grateful to all who joined in the building of the church.  Before us there is still much to do. We have to paint the walls of the church and beautify the church with mosaics. Work on the icon-screen is also to be done, painting the icons and tiling it. So we invite all to take part in the building of the church – buying a commemorative marker and in this way leaving their names in the heart of our campus, and receiving prayers of gratitude and the memory of future generations.” So explains Natalia Klymovska, UCU’s Vice-Rector for Communication and Development.

More information about the commemorative markers is available HERE

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