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It is not just wise and prudent in asking all of us to meditate on the Holy Spirit in our lives this year; it is something very practical. We ought to recognize God’s presence and action in our daily lives; that we can sing “з нами Бог – God is with us” every day and not just on the great Feasts of Christmas and Theophany.

How do recognize God in our daily lives as men who are single, husbands, and fathers? Is it not true that each day is filled with activity to support ourselves and families, and aiding others in need? Yes, this is true. What is also true is that we need to take the time to see God not just in our personal prayers and participation in the Divine Services of the Church, but in our daily work. Doing this helps to strengthen the hope that has been given to us in Christ Jesus. However, the question remains: how?

As Byzantine Catholics, we are very fortunate to inherit a majestic and bountiful treasury of liturgy and prayer. One of the most beautiful prayers that begins practically every service in our Church is the Prayer to the Holy Spirit, also known as “Heavenly King.”

Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, Who are everywhere present and filling all things, Treasury of all blessings, and Giver of Life, come and dwell among us, cleanse us of every stain, and save our souls, O gracious Lord.

In this prayer, we recognize who the Holy Spirit is as the third Person of the Holy Trinity. He is our King in heaven; we are His subjects and we submit to His authority in our lives. He is the One who comforts us when we are troubled or despairing. He is also our Advocate, vouchsafing us. He is the Spirit who leads us (the Church) to Truth because “he dwells with you, and will be in you” (John 14:17). The Holy Spirit is the One who gives and sustains all life, and again leads us to truth. All blessings are to found in Him.

We ask the Holy Spirit to be with us each day so that we may offer all that we say and do as an offering of sacrifice and praise to our Lord. He is the One to whom we listen so we may make good moral decisions. It is through the action of the Holy Spirit that our sins are forgiven by Christ in the Sacrament of Repentance. And it is He through His action in our day to day lives that makes our salvation known to us.

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At the start of this year, let us convict ourselves to pray daily this prayer to the Holy Spirit. It is in recalling God through the day that we recognize Him. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8) And then the words “з нами Бог – God is with us” will be with us not just at Christmas, but through the entire year.

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Past Rectors

Rev. Dr. Joseph Andrijishyn was born on May 11, 1939 in a family of Ukrainian immigrants in France. He studied at the Ukrainian Pontifical minor seminary in the city of Loury, the Ukrainian Pontifical seminary of St. Josaphat in Rome, and the Pontifical University Urbaniana. He studied canon law at the Pontifical Institute of Eastern Studies, and also at the University of Saint Paul in Canada. Fr. Joseph received the sacrament of Holy Orders in Rome on September 8, 1964. He renewed parish life in the city of Thompson (Canada) where he worked as a lumberjack. He was instrumental in the founding of and heading an inter-eparchial spiritual seminary (Holy Spirit Seminary in Ottawa). At the same time, he took care of ST. Michael Parish in Kingston, Ontario. He was an honourary advisor to Patriarch Joseph Slipyj. In 1993, he became the head of the Patriarchal Tribunal, and a priest of St. George’s Cathedral in Lviv. He also taught canon law at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv and directed the Patriarchal Commission “Justice and Peace.” Fr. Joseph died suddenly of a heart attack on June 22, 2003 in Lviv, and is buried in the UGCC crypt. May his memory be everlasting! Вічная пам’ять!

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Rev. Fr. Andrew Wach

Rev. Fr. Andrew Wach is a priest of the Archeparchy of Winnipeg. He served as Rector from 1993-1996. His academic credentials include a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) specializing in corporate finance, A BTh and STB from the Angelicum in Rome, and his Licentiate in Eastern Theology at the Oriental Institute. His thesis was on “The Theology of Ukrainian Christmas Carols.” After the Licentiate was completed, he returned to Winnipeg and was ordained to the priesthood by Metropolitan Maxim Hermaniuk, C.Ss.R. in 1982. Fr. Andrew has been pastor of the Selkirk area churches, Beausejour and area parishes (all in eastern Manitoba), to which later was added the parish in Cooks Creek, of the Ethelbert area in western Manitoba, of Holy Family and St. Michael Parishes in Winnipeg, and currently of St. John the Apostle Parish in Winnipeg.

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Most Rev. David Motiuk

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Most Rev. Ken Nowakowski

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Rev. Fr. Andrei Kachur

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