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11–12 March 2022

Father Yuriy Sakvuk in liturgical robes

We are pleased to announce that Father Yuriy Sakvuk, a priest from Ukraine, will be providing our Lenten retreat this year. Father Sakvuk will pray the Stations of the Cross with us and give an address at 5:30PM Friday, and give the homily at Divine Liturgy at 11:00AM Saturday. He will be available to hear confessions on both days.

From Monday to Thursday this week, an evening service consisting of the Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete will be prayed at St Nicholas parish in Victoria and live-streamed here.

‘From the night I seek You early,
O Lover of mankind: give me light,
I pray You, and guide me also
in Your commandments, and teach me,
O Saviour, to do Your will.’

The four-day division of the 150 odes of Saint Andrew’s Great Canon of repentance concludes today. Once more, on Thursday of the fifth week of Great Lent, we will pray the Great Canon again, in its entirety.

Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete (day 4)

From Monday to Thursday this week, an evening service consisting of the Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete will be prayed at St Nicholas parish in Victoria and live-streamed here.

Venerable Andrew, thrice-blessed father,
shepherd of Crete, do not cease
to offer prayer for us who sing
your praises, so that we, who honour
your memory with faith, may be
delivered from all wrath and affliction
and corruption, and released from faults.

The full text of the service is available here [PDF].

Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete (day 3)

From Monday to Thursday this week, an evening service consisting of the Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete will be prayed at St Nicholas parish in Victoria and live-streamed here.

Saint Andrew was born in Damascus around AD 650, and died in the first half of the 8th Century, on the Greek island of Lesbos. He is associated with the island of Crete, where he was Metropolitan Bishop of Gortyna, and also with Jerusalem, where he began his ecclesiastical ministry, and with Constantinople where he was for a time Archdeacon in the great church of Hagia Sophia. As a hymnographer, Saint Andrew had a profound impact on eastern liturgies, and is credited with inventing or introducing to Christian hymnody the canon form, which became a feature of the daily office prayers. The canon form is composed of odes, each of which establishes a theme, based on a Biblical canticle, and then develops and expands on that theme in a way that reveals its relevance to the particular day or season.

The text of the service is available here [PDF].

Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete (day 2)

In the calendar of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, the penitential season of Great Lent commences on the Monday following the Sunday of Forgiveness (two days before the Ash Wednesday start of Lent in the Roman Catholic Church).

From Monday to Thursday this week, an evening service consisting of the Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete will be prayed at St Nicholas parish in Victoria and live-streamed here. Also known as the Canon of Repentance, Saint Andrew’s masterwork of penitential poetry chronologically recounts in 150 odes the Biblical history of humanity’s fall and redemption from the perspective of the individual sinner, encouraging recognition of the need for repentance and a turning again towards God. The Great Canon is divided into four sections, which are prayed across the first four nights of Great Lent.

The text of the service is available here [PDF].

Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete (day 1)

Vespers with Liturgy

From Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker parish, Victoria BC.
9AM, 1 April 2021.

Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

From Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker parish, Victoria BC.
6PM, 31 March 2021.

Divine Liturgy with Sorokousty

From Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker parish, Victoria.
9AM, Saturday 27 March.

Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

From Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker parish, Victoria BC.
6PM, 26 March 2021.

Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

From Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker parish, Victoria BC.
6PM, 24 March 2021.

Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

From Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker parish, Victoria BC.
6PM, 19 March 2021.

Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

From Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker parish, Victoria BC.
6PM, 12 March 2021.

Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

From Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker parish, Victoria BC.
6PM, 10 March 2021.

Divine Liturgy with Sorokousty

From Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker parish, Victoria.
9AM, Saturday 6 March.

Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

From Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker parish, Victoria BC.
6PM, 5 March 2021.

Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

From Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker parish, Victoria BC.
6PM, 3 March 2021.

OUR LENTEN JOURNEY: LITURGICAL EXPLORATIONS

Sunday, Feb 28 at 11:30 AM

Make your Lenten journey with seasoned liturgists who will guide you through the liturgical services of Lent, encourage you to delve into the depths of Lenten mystagogy, and clarify the meaning of some ancient texts and traditions.

Speakers
Deacon Daniel Galadza, S.E.O.D. in Byzantine liturgy, a research fellow at the Centre of Advanced Studies of the University of Regensburg, Germany.
Very Rev Mark Morozowich, S.E.O.D. Dean of The School of Theology and Religious Studies at Catholic University of America and Associate Professor of Liturgical Studies/ Sacramental Theology.
Most Rev Bohdan Danylo, STL. Ukrainian Catholic Bishop of Saint Josaphat in Parma

Moderator
Most Rev Hlib Lonchyna, S.E.O.D.

Topics
Departure. A roadmap of Lenten services with Deacon Daniel
Along the way. The Presanctified Liturgy explained by Father Mark
Destination. Liturgies of Great and Holy Week services with Bishop Bohdan

To join
The event will be held in English via Zoom video conferencing.
Please register to get the link to participate..

Divine Liturgy with Sorokousty

From Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker parish, Victoria.
9AM, Saturday 27 February.

Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

From Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker parish, Victoria BC.
6PM, 26 February 2021.

Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

From Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker parish, Victoria BC.
6PM, 24 February 2021.