Language - the heart of the nation

International memorable day

International Mother Language Day

On February 21 annually Ukraine and all world celebrate the International Mother Language Day. It was first announced on the ХХХ session of General conference of UNESCO, which was held from 26 October to 17 November 1999 in Paris. The stress was laid on the important role of the language in the developing of the culture and education for the consolidation of the society, forming of the nation and strengthening of the country. This holiday exists in Ukraine since 2002.

Sunday Gospel Matthew XXV:31-46

Last Judgment

In the mournful evening of Holy Thursday, in the temple of UAOC-Canonical in Kyiv, as in all the orthodox temples, the clergy read the Twelve Passion Gospels, where was revealed the tragedy of the humankind and the great love of God, Who had given His Son for those, who would believe in Him. The faithful listened to the Holy Gospel with the candles alight, and after the service finished, brought the light to their homes to bring through these sparks the grand force of God`s protection for their families and homes.

On March, 1, on Shrove Sunday, the Patriarch Moses ministered the Divine Liturgy, calling the faithful for penance and blessing to enter Lent.

On January 19, on the day of the great holiday Theophany during the Baptism of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Moses, Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine ministered the festive prayer service and accomplished the rite of the Great blessing of waters on the Dnieper river shore.

On the day of Lesser Blessing of Waters, the day before the great Christian holiday Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ and Holy Theophany, the Patriarch Moses ministered the festive prayer service and accomplished the rite of water consecration after the Sunday Holy Divine Liturgy. "I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire." (Matthew 3:11)

On the morning of January 14, the Patriarch Moses  on the first day of the New Year according to the Julian calendar, ministered the Holy Divine Liturgy and asked for the blessing of God to all the children of God irrespective of affiliation or confession, place of residence or colour of skin - for peace to all the children of God.

On the evening of January 13, the Patriarch Moses  on the eve of the New year, ministered the thanksgiving prayer service to God for all that happened in our life in the last year, for the endless love of God to us, for the God's mercy, for His blessing of our life, our families and our homes.

On the evening of January 6, the Patriarch Moses brought the thanksgiving prayer to God, blessed the faithful and consecrated kutia (sweet grain Christmas pudding) and bread, wine and fish and other God's gifts for the Son of the God and Our Saviour Jesus Christ nativity celebrating.