Culture

  • 9 May 2019, 10:04 | Religion in mass media | 

    UGCC creates Patriarchal Council for Social Communications

    On May 7, the Patriarch of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church announced the creation of the Patriarchal Council for Social Communications of the UGCC. His Beatitude Svyatoslav was appointed its head, the Department of Information of the UGCC reports.

  • 26 April 2019, 10:06 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Good Friday celebrated today according to Julian calendar

    The Great Friday is the most maigre day of the Lent. The image of the removal of the Body of the Lord from the cross is placed in front of the altar in all the Churches.

  • 26 April 2019, 08:38 | Faith and weapon | 

    Head of UGCC blessed over three thousand pieces of Easter bread for Ukrainian soldiers

    On Thursday, April 25, Patriarch Sviatoslav of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church sanctified more than three thousand pieces of Easter bread for the Ukrainian military in the East of Ukraine, at the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection in Kyiv. They will be handed over to the soldiers by chaplains, who will visit Donbas in the next few days.

  • 21 April 2019, 08:52 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Christians of the Eastern tradition celebrate Palm Sunday

    This year, Palm Sunday falls on April 21 in Ukraine. According to the Gospel, when Jesus Christ raised Lazarus from the dead, the people who witnessed it believed that he was really the Son of God.

  • 19 April 2019, 14:47 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Jewish Passover starts at sunset on Friday 19 April

    On this evening, many Jewish families will gather together for a traditional ‘Seder’ meal to celebrate the beginning of Passover, known as Pesach in Hebrew.

  • 19 April 2019, 09:11 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    On Good Friday catholics commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ

    On Good Friday, the Church remembers the unrighteous condemnation of Jesus Christ by the Jewish Sanhedrin Council. It is the most sorrowful day for Christians because Christ laid down his life for the sake of mankind exactly on Friday. The time when Jesus Christ gave up His spirit to God the Father and His secret disciples, Josef of Arimathea and Nicodemus begged Pilate for the Lord’s Body and removed it from the cross is remembered in the Divine Service.

  • 17 April 2019, 10:31 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Poroshenko: Easter truce to be announced in Donbas starting April 18

    President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko announced plans to implement on April 18 the ceasefire regime in Donbas before Easter holidays.

  • 13 April 2019, 19:44 | Religion and culture | 

    Charter of Peter I arrives in Ukraine, attests to annexation of Ukrainian Local Church by Moscow

    On April 13, a charter of Peter I, which testifies to the annexation of the Ukrainian Local Church by Moscow, was brought to Ukraine. This was announced by the Minister of Culture of Ukraine Yevheniy Nyshchuk on his Facebook page. The relic was sent to St Sophia of Kyiv Reserve.

  • 8 April 2019, 11:24 | Conferences, seminars, researches | 

    Religious experts in Kyiv discuss concept of Sophianism in Ukrainian culture and Kyivan Church

    The colloquium at the Institute of Philosophy in Kyiv, which took place on April 5, themed “The Concept of Sophianism of Ukrainian Culture and Kyivan Church,” gathered a large number of participants. The colloquium was organized by the Institute of Philosophy of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Commission on Interreligious and Inter-Confessional Relations, the Open Orthodox University and the Ukrainian Catholic University.

  • 7 April 2019, 08:48 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Сhristians of Еastern tradition celebrate Аnnunciation

    On April 7, churches that follow the Julian Calendar mark one of the greatest feasts in the liturgical year, the Annunciation of the Mother of God. It is the third most important religious feast after Easter and Christmas.

  • 25 March 2019, 09:33 | Сalendar | 

    Christians celebrate Annunciation according to Gregorian calendar

    On March 25, churches that follow the Gregorian Calendar mark one of the greatest feasts in the liturgical year, the Annunciation of the Mother of God.

  • 20 March 2019, 10:44 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Ukrainian Jews on March 20-21 celebrate Purim

    The jolly festival of Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar (late winter/early spring). Purim 2019 begins on night, March 20 and continues through, March 21.

  • 15 March 2019, 09:25 | History, archaeology | 

    Germany gives back to Ukraine Peter I's Charter on Annexation of Ukrainian Church

    The historical royal charter on the enthronement of a metropolitan to the Kyivan Metropolis was taken from Kyiv during the Second World War. This document is an important testimony to the history of annexation of the Ukrainian Church by Moscow.

  • 10 March 2019, 13:03 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Great Lent for Orthodox and Greek Catholics begins March 11

    This year, Great Lent, the time of spiritual preparation for Easter, begins on March 11 for the Orthodox and Greek Catholic Churches.

  • 9 March 2019, 08:51 | Restoration, maintainance of cultural inheritance | 

    Renovation of St Sophia Cathedral to start in March

    A package of repair and renovation works in the St. Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv will continue on March 18, works will be held in the warm season according to technical recommendations.

  • 15 February 2019, 09:08 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    Тoday the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in temple celebrated according to Julian calendar

    According to the law of Moses, every firstborn male was to be brought into the temple to be dedicated to God on the fortieth day after birth. At that time a sacrifice of thanksgiving was also to be brought. The Holy Mother of God followed this law, even though she knew that the Child was the Son of God. Thus, Joseph and Mary brought the Child Jesus into the temple on the fortieth day along with a humble sacrifice of two young pigeons.

  • 14 February 2019, 12:30 | Bible, Bible sociaty | 

    President joined the initiative and wrote down the lines in the handwritten Bible the creation of which has already been joined by thousands of Ukrainians

    President Petro Poroshenko met with heads and representatives of churches-participants of the Ukrainian Bible Community on occasion of the Year of the Word of God in Ukraine celebrated in 2018.

  • 19 January 2019, 09:31 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    19 January is a feast of Epiphany according to julian calendar

    The Feast of Epiphany, which is observed on January 19 according to the Julian Calendar (January 6 according to the Gregorian Calendar), completes the cycle of Christmas holidays. The feast commemorates the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River during which Christ declared Himself as the Messiah and Savior.

  • 13 January 2019, 12:20 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    January 13 is the Eve of bounteous gifts and Malanka feast

    A week after caroling, on the New Year’s Eve (Julian calendar) we celebrate theEve of Bounteous Gifts. According to the church calendar, this is a day of St. Melanie. In folk tradition, both holidays got united and now we have the Eve of Bounteous Gifts or Malanka holiday.

  • 6 January 2019, 22:09 | Religious holidays and traditions | 

    On January 7 Christians celebrate Christmas according to Julian calendar

    All Ukrainian Orthodox Churches, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, most Ukrainian Evangelical Christians and Jerusalem, Russian, Serbian, and Georgian Orthodox Churches celebrate Christmas on January 7. This day is an official public holiday in Ukraine.