On Saturday, June 27, 2015, Fr. Joseph Ostopowich, Parish Administrator, and parishioners from St. Nicholas the Wonderworker Parish in Victoria, BC gathered to pray the Akathist to Blessed Vasyl Velychkovsky. It was especially poignant for us to pray to Blessed Vasyl as he is the Patron of Prison Ministry and Fr. Joseph is a prison chaplain in Vancouver. Following the Akathist, several of those in attendance, who formerly called St. Joseph’s Parish in Winnipeg home, shared their stories and experiences of Blessed Vasyl which greatly added to our prayer. We concluded our prayer with ‘myrovania’ with holy oil sent to us from the Blessed Vasyl Shrine in Winnipeg.
Blessed Vasyl… pray for us!