02-05-2012

UGCC to Build Replica of Virgin Mary's House in Zarvanytsia

Archbishop Metropolitan Vasylii (Semeniuk) of the Ternopil and Zboriv Eparchy of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has asked the faithful to contribute by prayer and donation to the reproduction of a replica of the house in which the Virgin Mary lived in Nazareth. In his pastoral letter to the faithful, he noted that the house where Archangel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary about the birth of the Son of God is now kept in Loretto, Italy, the website of the Ternopil-Zboriv Eparchy of UGCC reported.

“Later, in Europe, a tradition was established to build replicas of the Nazareth house of the Holy Virgin. Therefore, we aspire to build such a shrine in the Ukrainian land, in the wonderworking place of Zarvanytsia.  The project envisages the original size and appearance of the building.

“I encourage all of you, dear brothers and sisters in Christ, to show special respect, gratitude and filial love for our Heavenly Mediatress by contributing to the construction of the house for the Holy Mother of God in prayer and donation. I hope that the shrine will be a place of Her special guardianship over Christ’s Church and the whole Ukrainian nation. And the Mother of God will repay us all a hundred times,” said the metropolitan.

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