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Ukrainian orthodox priest from Rochdale recognised for 25 years service

Very Reverend Bohdan Matwijczuk was honoured by a visit from Metropolitan Antony and Archbishop Daniel (from the USA) at a special service in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Rochdale, Lancashire.

They came to recognise his 25 years service to the church in Rochdale, Oldham, Manchester, Bradford and London.

He was raised from a mitred priest to a protopresbyter, the highest rank for a non-monastic priest.

As well as the hierarchs from the USA his friend the Very Reverend Vitali Derewianka from Genk in Belgium participated in the service along with other priests.

The church was packed out for the service at which awards were also given to other church members for their service and contribution to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.


Afterwards the distinguished visitors joined the parishioners for  speeches and traditional food at the Ukrainian Club in Rochdale.


Other posts about the church:




Ukrainian Orthodox Easter in Rochdale

Easter is the most important festival in the christian calendar and is celebrated in the Ukrainian orthodox church over a weekend of services.

This one during the day on the Saturday involved moving the symbolic shroud of christ from the body of the church to the altar, changing the altar cloths from black to white and taking painted eggs and paska Easter bread to be blessed and shared.

And tonight there will be an all-night service for the faithful because the Easter service and festivities last the whole weekend

For previous posts on this topic go here

For more pictures go to UOC Rochdale Facebook page

Merry Ukrainian Orthodox Xmas

P1040234Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, Belarus, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Moldova and Montenegro continue to celebrate Christmas on January 7, based on the Julian calendar which is 13 days “slow”

For many Orthodox Christians, Christmas is the beginning of celebrations after 40 days of fasting. Those who observe the nativity fast don’t eat meat or dairy foods for that period. Difficult for those who also celebrate to the more common Xmas Day.

P1040236Here at a little Ukrainian orthodox church in Rochdale, near Manchester, celebrants enjoyed the annual service followed by a Xmas meal which combines pork with Ukrainian dishes of  Borscht, dumplings (verenyky), cabbage/sauerkraut (kapusta), and stuffed cabbage parcels (Holubtsi). Washed down with a little alcohol of course.

If you are on Facebook you can see more pictures at UOC Rochdale