Welcome to St Mary the Protectress Ukrainian
Autocephalous Orthodox Church
Our church follows the Julian (old) calendar. All Orthodox Christians are welcome and encouraged to participate in the Blessed Sacraments of Repentance and Eucharist.
On this site you will find information about our church, the Orthodox faith, and events taking place in our parish. We welcome new parishioners and always look forward to meeting you in person. We sincerely hope that you will find this site helpful. If you have any questions about our church, please feel free to contact Father Igor Krekhovetsky or Nick Sztanko, Parish Council president via email using this site.
Наша Церква дотримується Юліанського (старого стилю) календара. Всі Православні християни запрошуються і можуть брати участь в Святих Тайнах Покаянні і Євхаристії.
На цім сайті Ви знайдете інформацію про нашу Церкву, Православну віру і про всі події, які відбуваються в нашій парафії. Ми завжди раді новим парафіянам і раді познайомитися з Вами персонально. Ми щиро надіємось, що цей сайт допоможе вам. Якщо Ви маєте якісь питання про нашу Церкву, Ви можете звернутися до отця Ігора Креховецького, або до голови парафіальної управи Микола Штанько.
Introduction - The Feast of the Entrance into the Temple of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary is celebrated on November 21 (December 4thper Gregorian Calendar) each year. The Feast commemorates when as a young child, the Virgin Mary entered the Temple in Jerusalem.
Protevangelion Story - The birth and early life of the Virgin Mary is not recorded in the Gospels or other books of the New Testament, however this information can be found in a work dating from the second century known as the Book of James or Protevangelion.
When Mary was three years old, Joachim and Anna decided that the time had come to fulfill their promise and to offer her to the Lord. Joachim gathered the young girls of the neighborhood to form an escort, and he made them go in front of Mary, carrying torches. Captivated by the torches, the young child followed joyfully to the Temple, not once looking back at her parents nor weeping as she was parted from them.
The holy Virgin ran toward the Temple, overtaking her attendant maidens and threw herself into the arms of the High Priest Zacharias, who was waiting for her at the gate of the Temple with the elders. Zacharias blessed her saying, "It is in you that He has glorified your name in every generation. It is in you that He will reveal the Redemption that He has prepared for His people in the last days."
Then, Zacharias brought the child into the Holy of Holies—a place where only the High Priest was permitted to enter once a year on the Day of Atonement. He placed her on the steps of the altar, and the grace of the Lord descended upon her. She arose and expressed her joy in a dance as wonder seized all who saw this happen.
The Virgin Mary dwelt in the Temple for nine years until, reaching an age for marriage, she was taken from the Temple by the priests and elders and entrusted to Joseph as the guardian of her virginity.
The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple signifies her total dedication to God and her readiness for her future vocation as the Mother of the Incarnate Lord. This is a feast of anticipation. As honor is shown to Mary, the faithful are called to look forward to the Incarnation of Christ, celebrated in a little more than a month by the Feast of the Nativity on December 25.
Thank you to all our parishioners and friends who continue to support our parish in this difficult time by sending donations by mail. Please mail your contributions to St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Church (3176 St. Paul Blvd, Rochester NY 14617).
Дякуємо всім нашим парафіян і друзям, які продовжують підтримувати нашу парафію в цей важкий час шляхом відправки пожертвувань поштою. Будь ласка, надішліть почтою свій внесок до: St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Church (3176 St. Paul Blvd, Rochester NY 14617).
The next Sisterhood Food Sale will be on Saturday, December 19th starting from 10 A.M. until 2 P.M.
Save time, place an advance order, which also guarantees that you'll get everything you want before it sells out. Advance orders can be placed from our Food Sale Page. (Click here to connect to Food Sale Page)
As always, frozen varenyky can be purchased every Sunday in the church hall from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm.
Please Call Maria (760-4323) or Sue (820-5564) in advance for your orders.
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CAN YOU PLEASE HELP?
Many churches today face decreasing membership numbers - St Mary's is no different. Our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents built one of the most beautiful Ukrainian Orthodox churches in the United States!! They did it by working hard and by making contributions... in many ways. Why? To give their children and future generations a special place to worship.
Many of them are no longer with us, but their dream lives on. Your help is needed to keep their dream alive. Our annual expenses are over $125,000.00 and are growing each year. This year, in particular, we have agressively made many needed repairs: repairs to the front steps, the renovation and painting of the interior of the church, renovation of the hall kitchen, and many other areas as well. We face the difficult task of trying to pay for all those repairs. We thank our volunteers for the enormous work done to date. Please help by volunteering your time or by making a donation. Thank You!
Kindly send your donation, no matter the amount, to:
St Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 3176 St. Paul Blvd, Rochester NY 14617-3433
** VOLUNTEERS NEEDED **
Don't have time every week or month? Just an hour or two whenever would help.
Our Sisterhood needs "crimpers" to make varenyky and if you don't know how... WE'LL TEACH YOU. Or you can make potato or cheese balls, cut out circles of dough, or help with other fun tasks. We'll provide a meal and great conversations with a terrific group of ladies. We get together monthly starting at 5:00 pm. Join us whenever you can and be ready to have fun - no appointment necessary. If you'd rather sell, serve or wash a few pots and pans, why not pop in at our monthly Food Sale - lunch will be provided. Contact Sue Ost (820-5564) or Maria Ulici (760-4323)for the time of the next get-together.
The Brotherhood can also use volunteers. Yes, they also provide meals and something to whet your whistle too. Contact Walter (585) 748-4202 for their schedule.
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