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Head of the UGCC on the Annunciation: Rejoice, Do not be afraid, Nothing is impossible for God – God’s message to the Church, people, and world

If today, by the example of Our Lady, we create the space in our lives for God’s action, rest assured that we will experience in our personal and church life that there is nothing impossible for God.

Today, on the day of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Father and Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church His Beatitude Sviatoslav said this during a sermon to the faithful.

The Primate noted that the Feast of the Annunciation of Our Lady is one of the greatest and most joyous holidays celebrated by the Church of Christ. “This day, when the Archangel Gabriel came to the Virgin Mary in Nazareth, the teachers of the Church compare to the creation of the world.  The Holy Spirit descends on the Virgin Mary and a new life begins,” said His Beatitude Sviatoslav.

 “Today I would like to draw your attention to the three words that Gabriel said to Mary: ‘Rejoice,’ ‘Do not be afraid,’ ‘There is nothing impossible for God.’ I am convinced that they are important for each of us personally,” he emphasized.

These three words are God’s profound message of “gospel” to the Church, the people, and the world.  The word of God is directed to each of us today.  Gabriel says to everyone, “Fear nothing and no one.  Not because the Holy Spirit can come down as a disinfectant.  Do not be afraid because your life truly lies in God’s hands,” observed the Head of the UGCC.

 “Today, on the day of the Annunciation, we ask the Lord: send Your Spirit, enlighten each of us, renew the face of the earth, give good news, help us to see the end of this deadly danger. Help us overcome the fears of loneliness and quarantine with the certainty that You are with us.  Heal the sick, comfort those who are suffering.  Help those who are looking for work, who are thinking about their loved ones, about how to live tomorrow.  Help us all believe that nothing is impossible for You.  Teach us to say ‘yes’ to what You are doing in our lives …”

The Divine Liturgy with the Vespers was served in the Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is located next to the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ.  Bishop Josyf Milian, the Bishop-Assistant to the Kyiv Archeparchy of the UGCC, concelebrated with the Head of the Church.

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