Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada


Our community celebrates its patronal feast day on the Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God. This follows the tradition of the Cathedral of Divine Wisdom, Holy Sophia, in Kyiv, Ukraine. We celebrate the Wisdom of God.

It is Divine Wisdom which created all things visible and invisible. It is this most holy Wisdom by which God is forever wed to His creation through the Incarnation of the Second Person of the Trinity, God the Son, Who in the fulness of time became Jesus, son of Mary and Joseph, the carpenter who was His marvelous guardian.

It is Divine Wisdome which has wed all of us together by this Incarnation and all that flows from it: the ministry of Jesus, crowned by His sacrifice upon the Cross, His death, His resurrection, His ascension and the sending of the Holy Spirit. We are all family - all part of each other!

If we can attain the consciousness of this joyous and glorious mystery we can replace our isolation by solidarity with each human being, especially with those who surround us in our daily lives.

We can also find that the time which God has given us is not simply something which flows away like the sand in an hour glass, leaving us diminished, sad and desolate. We can find that we have already entered eternity - where God our Father dwells continually together with the rest of our family visible and invisible.

Imagine how this consciousness can help us act in this world with courage, with love, with mercy and generosity! We could experience our life as something truly precious, exciting and brilliant - shining with the glory of our Creator!

Let us celebrate the birth of the one who opened the door to this mystery for us by her irrevocable "Yes" to God - the one who thereby became His partner in this work by which He and His creation became family. Let us celebrate the beginning of the works of Divine Wisdom.

Turning to Her we shall find the peace and joy that comes from surrender to His all powerful Love. Amen.

The Very Rev'd Dr. Ihor George Kutash, Pastor