A diocesan pilgrimage to Zarvanytsia

   On Sunday, May 15, clergy and faithful of the Diocese of Ivano-Frankivsk Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church took part in the annual pilgrimage to the place of forgiveness in the village Zarvanytsya in Ternopil region. According to the program there were: confession, spiritual conversation, Divine Liturgy, Apostolic Blessing, complete release from the sins and the blessing of water.
    "... Dear in Christ, we are very happy to have with us Our Mother. Her help and care are with us everywhere and every time in our daily life. It is our Mother , who looks upon the poor, crying, their ungrateful children and wants to help on the needs of all our lives ... " - said Bishop Volodymyr (Viytyshyn) - the Bishop of the Ivano-Frankivsk diocese of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church while celebrating the Divine Liturgy in Zarvanytsia, referring to preach to all the faithful of the Eparchy of Ivano-Frankivsk. A great number of people came to pray and give thanks in their prayers to Zarvanytsia Virgin.
    Fr. Oleg Kaskiv, Fr. Stephan Balahura, Fr. Oleksandr Levytsky - the rector of the seminary, Fr. Vasily Rak and many others concelebrated the Divine Liturgy together with the Bishop Volodymyr.
   The chorus of Ivano-Frankivsk Spiritual Seminary, which is led by Fr. Taras Ogar gave to the Liturgy some special character.
    After the Liturgy the Bishop called on all to pray “Our Father” and “Hail Mary” in the intentions of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, then there was an apostolic blessing and the full release of the sins.
    In its turn, on the behalf of the Bishop of Ternopil-Zboriv diocese the rector of Ternopil Seminary awarded Bishop of Ivano-Frankivsk in order of gratitude with an icon of the Mother of God of Zarvanytsia.
    At the end Bishop of Ivano-Frankivsk diocese blessed the water and the faithful and different things bought were blessed with the healing water.
    Fr. Yurij Truhan - the Diocese spokesman


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