UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA
CONSISTORY OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Bishop Daniel Visits Ukrainian Orthodox Faithful of Milwaukee, WI!
By Subdeacon Vasyl Pasakas
Much to the delight of the parishioners of the Protection of the Birth-Giver of God (Pokrova) Ukrainian Orthodox parish, His Grace Bishop Daniel made his annual hierarchical visit to in Milwaukee, WI over the weekend of March 25th, 2012. During his stay, His Grace provided many wonderful opportunities for the membership of the parish community to meet and interact with their hierarch.
Vladyka Daniel arrived to Milwaukee, WI way ahead of the liturgical services on Sunday morning, which provided an opportunity for the bishop to meet with some of the faithful prior to the beginning of the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great on the fourth Sunday of Great Lent. His Grace was joined at this service by the parish pastor, Rev. Fr. Walter Hvostik, as well as Protodeacon Andriy Fronchak of St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago, IL and Deacon John Charest of Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox parish in Palos Park, IL. Prior to the service Bishop Daniel was greeted by the representatives of the parish board of administration and presented with a traditional Bread and Salt. The bishop spoke of his joy of being able to visit the parish family and related a greeting to the faithful from Metropolitan Constantine and Archbishop Antony. In conclusion of all the greetings, the bishop blessed the faithful, and the service began.
After the vesting of the hierarch in the middle of the church the Divine Liturgy began. Bishop Daniel’s sermon was an entreaty to the assembled faithful to follow the admonitions found in “The Ladder” by St. John Climacus. Namely, Vladyka Daniel expressed his desire that the faithful first always turn to God and His Church for the healing of their spiritual illnesses, and that the faithful avail themselves of this healing through the Grace of the Holy Mystery of Confession while educating themselves in the precepts of the Holy Faith given to us by the Physician of our Souls, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Following the veneration of the cross and the hearing of the thanksgiving prayers after communion by those who had partaken of the Holy Mysteries, a festive trapeza was held in Bishop Daniel’s honor at which His Grace interacted with the faithful answering their questions and providing spiritual guidance.
We are very thankful to God for His Grace Bishop Daniel and all of our Hierarchs who have been called by Christ to shepherd His flock with the greatest love and care. May God Grant them Many Blessed Years!