St. Luke Byzantine Catholic Church
Ruthenian Eparchy of Parma
Bishop Milan Lach, S. J. of the Eparchy of Parma, issued a Decree regarding the dispensation for the faithful of the Eparchy of Parma from the obligation of attending Sunday Liturgy in light of the development of COVID-19 until further notice. You are not dispensed from prayer on Sunday as Sunday is the day of prayer and rest.
Liturgical celebrations are now open to the public. If attending Liturgy, masks are required. All liturgies are lived streamed on St. Luke's Byzantine Catholic Church Facebook page.
Great Vespers — Saturday, 4:30 pm
Third Hour—Sunday, 9:45 am
Divine Liturgy — Sunday, 10:00 am
Akathist to the Theotokos - Wednesday, 7:00 pm
Holy Day Schedule:
Feast Eve: Festal Vespers 7:00 p.m.
Feast Day: Divine Liturgy 7:00 p.m.
Mystery of Repentance:
Offered 30 minutes prior to Vespers
Sundays between 9:00 am-9:30 am
Sundays aft Divine Liturgy
By appointment (Contact Fr. Michael)
Contact Father Michael to offer a Divine Liturgy
for a deceased loved one.
This feast is one of the 12 major feasts of the Church. The Exultation of the PRECIOUS, HOLY, and LIFE-CREATING CROSS is exalted and honored on the day after the dedication of the basilica of the Resurrection. The church was built over the tomb of Christ in the year 335, just as the trophy and sign of his paschal victory would appear in heaven, at last foretelling his second advent to all.
Sunday, September 13- Festal Vespers @ 7:00 pm
Monday, September 14 - Divine Liturgy @ 7:00 pm
Save Your people, O Lord, and bless your inheritance. Grant victory to your Church over evil and protect Your people by Your cross, .
Christ our God, who were willingly raised upon the cross, grant Your mercies to the new people who bear Your name. By Your power grant joy to the Church. Give her victory over evil with Your invincible trophy, the weapon of peace, as an ally.
This special Feast Day of the Byzantine Church is celebrated every year since A.D. 911. On October 1, 911, during the reign of emperor Leo the Wise, there was an all-night vigil in the Blachernae church of the Theotokos in Constantinople. Standing near trhe rear of the church of church was Saint Andrew, the Fool for Christ, and his disciple Epiphanius. At four o'clock in the morning, the Theotokos appeared above the people with a veil spread over her outstretched hands, as if to protect them. She was surrounded by angels and saints. Seeing this, Andrew asked his disciple, "Do you see the Queen and Lady of all is praying for the whole world?"
Wednesday, September 30 - Festal Vespers @ 7:00 pm
Thursday, October 1 - Divine Liturgy @ 7:00 pm
Protected by your appearance, O Theotokos; today, we devout people solemnly celebrate. Gazing upon your most pure icon, we fervently say: Protect us with your holy veil, and deliver us from all evil, imploring your Son, Christ our God, to save our souls.
Today the Virgin is present in the Church, and with the choir of saints, invisibly prays to God for us. The angels worship with the hierarchs, the apostles rejoice with the prophets; because the Theotokos prays for us to the eternal God.
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