On Sunday, June 26th – on the eve of the Ukrainian Martyr’s Feastday.
The faithful gathered at St. Joseph’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Winnipeg, the location of the Blessed Velychkovsky National Martyr’s Shrine. There was a Moleben in honour of Blessed Velychkovsky with guest homilist Fr. Mykhaylo Khomitskyy. The service was followed by a Rosary Procession through the streets of Winnipeg to the Chancery Building on Scotia St. and back, praying for peace in Ukraine every step of the way.
On Monday, June 27th, the Shrine commemorated the Martyr’s Feastday by devoting the day to pray for Ukraine.
The day began with a Divine Liturgy, followed by a Rosary Meditation and a Panahyda (Service for the Deceased) for all those that have lost their lives because of the war. The afternoon featured Fr. John Sianchuk, C.Ss.R. presenting information on how Blessed Vasyl’s mission continues today in Ukraine and Canada. This was followed by an Acathist service in honour of Blessed Vasyl. The day finished with a Divine Liturgy and Chaplet to Blessed Vasyl. Each Liturgical Service featured guest homilist Fr. Yevhen Zadorozhnyi, C.Ss.R. and an opportunity to each participant to be anointed with the relics of Blessed Vasyl and Blessed Nicholas Charnetsky.
Thank you to all those that gathered together in prayer, and to Severyn Shved for taking these wonderful photos!