“Adam’s Lament” by Arvo Pärt

On June 2, in the Transfiguration Cathedral was performed “Adam’s Lament”. It is a 2009 oratorio for mixed choir and string orchestra by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt on a text by Silouan of Athos in Church Slavonic. The performance became a state exam in the specialty “Conducting a concert program” graduate of the P. Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music Nazariy Tarasenko. He is the sub-regent of the Metropolitan Choir of the Transfiguration Cathedral, as well as the leader of the chamber choir “Sine Nomine”. Under his instrument, the work of the world-famous composer was performed by the choir of the National Academy of Music and the National Ensemble of Soloists “Kyiv Chamber”.

Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Today, Saturday, at 5:00 PM, the Vigil will begin, and tomorrow, Sunday, we serve three Divine Liturgies: at 7:00, 8:00, and 9:00 AM. Those who cannot come to the service for any good reason are invited to join the prayer online! The live broadcast is supported by Mr. Igor Lysov, Chairman of the Parish Council of the Cathedral, and thanks to your donations, which you submit along with requests for prayer for health or for repose. Prayer requests are accepted online only through the following link, where the requisites for voluntary donations are also indicated. All names are read by priests during the service.

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Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee: Triodion Begins Today

Today, Saturday, at 5:00 PM, the Vigil will begin, and tomorrow, Sunday, we serve three Divine Liturgies: at 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 AM. Those who cannot come to the service for any good reason are invited to join the prayer online! The live broadcast is supported by Mr. Igor Lysov, Chairman of the Parish Council of the Cathedral, and thanks to your donations, which you submit along with requests for prayer for health or for repose. Prayer requests are accepted online only through the following link, where the requisites for voluntary donations are also indicated. All names are read by priests during the service.

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The Presentation of Our Lord and Savior in the Temple

On behalf of Metropolitan Alexander of Pereyaslav and Vyshneve and the Chairman of the Parish Council Mr. Igor Lysov, we congratulate the parishioners and all the visitors on the great feast of the Presentation of Our Lord and Savior in the Temple!

When the most pure Mother and Ever-Virgin Mary’s forty days of purification had been fulfilled, she took her first-born Son to Jerusalem on this, the fortieth day after His birth, that she might present Him in the Temple according to the Law of Moses, which teaches that every first-born male child be dedicated to God, and also that she might offer the sacrifice of a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons, as required by the Law (Luke 2:22-24; Exod. 13:2; Lev. 12:6-8). On this same day, a just and devout man, the greatly aged Symeon, was also present in the Temple, being guided by the Holy Spirit. For a long time, this man had been awaiting the salvation of God, and he had been informed by divine revelation that he would not die until he beheld the Lord’s Christ. Thus, when he beheld Him at that time and took Him up into his aged arms, he gave glory to God, singing: “Now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, O Master. . .” And he confessed that he would close his eyes joyfully, since he had seen the Light of revelation for the nations and the Glory of Israel (Luke 2:25-32). From ancient times, the Holy Church has retained this tradition of the churching of the mother and new-born child on the fortieth day and of the reading of prayers of purification.

The Divine Liturgy

The Vigil

The first Divine Liturgy in English celebrated in our Cathedral

Today, on Saturday, February 9, on the day of remembrance of St. Xenia, the Divine Liturgy in English was celebrated for the first time in our cathedral with the blessing of Metropolitan Alexander of Pereyaslav and Vyshneve. The service was headed by Archpriest Andriy Dudchenko. Priest Yaroslav Yasenets concelebrated, and priest Rostyslav Vorobiy sang. Leitourgikons published by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of the United States, the Orthodox Church of America, and the parish of Archpriest Paul Garrilchak in Reston, VA, were used for worship. After the service, Father Andrew thanked all the participants for sharing their prayers and expressed the hope that the next liturgy in English could be celebrated on Saturday of the first week of Lent.

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Christmas Nativity Scene

Few days before the new year, on the square in front of our Cathedral, with the blessing of Metropolitan Alexander of Pereyaslav and Vyshneve, and with the support of Mr. Igor Lysov, Chairman of the Parish Council, a group of students from the Modern Music Academy “Melodi” performed the Christmas Nativity Scene. The Cathedral’s cleric, Archpriest Andriy Dudchenko, greeted the members of the creative team and their leader Tetyana Melnichenko, thanked for the joyful festive atmosphere, and gave sweet gifts from the Parish Council. Today we received a video and photographs of this event, which we are happy to share with the visitors of our site.

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Divine Liturgy in English

As some of our parishioners requested, and with the blessing of Metropolitan Alexander of Pereyaslav and Vyshneve, next Saturday, February 6, at 10:00 am, the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom will be celebrated in English in our Cathedral. The first liturgy of this day, as usual, will be held in Ukrainian at 9:00.

Please let your non-Ukrainian friends know!

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