Bishop Mykola Bychok performed the Introductory of the newly appointed parish administrator in the Cathedral of Ss. Peter and Paul 

On Sunday, January 29, before the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, Bishop Mykola Bychok performed the Introductory of the newly appointed parish administrator in the Cathedral of Ss. Peter and Paul Fr. Andrii Mykytyuk.

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In his first sermon this year to the faithful of the Cathedral, the father reflected on the Gospel from Luke: “Today, we remember an important event that happened in the life of Jesus Christ. This event is important for us as well, because it happens in our lives. God goes to the meeting to meet us, and we in turn make efforts to meet him. The story of Zacchaeus is for us, people of the 21st century, an example of what can and should happen in our lives. We usually have a lot of worries, we worry about every minute we live, we think about what we will do and where we will go, we even write down every step of our life in notes in order to have time to do everything. However, in this confusion, we forget to include a very important thing – a meeting with Christ. Zacchaeus becomes an example of great desire for us. After all, when we have a desire, we can overcome everything to make it come true. So, looking at the person of Zacchaeus, let us ask ourselves in our hearts: do I have the same desire to meet Christ every day, every minute, on special days and moments? Am I ready to leave everything to meet Christ?”

At the end of the Liturgy, the bishop congratulated the newly appointed administrator, Fr. Andrii Mykytyuk and addressed the faithful with the following words:

“Dear in Christ! Today is indeed a very important event, because from today Fr. Andriy, who was the administrator of the parish in Ardeer before that, became the administrator of our Cathedral parish. At the beginning of the Divine Service, you saw that we prayed special prayers in front of the church door, after which I, as a bishop, handed the father the key. And actually this key is a very big symbol, because it is intended not only to open the doors of the church, but also to open human hearts in a spiritual way. The administrator’s mission is to find this key in order to open every human heart that belongs to our Cathedral Parish and also to speak words of warning and stop when it comes to evil.”

At the end, the father added: “Several years ago, I was already the administrator of this parish. They say you can’t step into the same river twice, but it’s not about me. I came back to Australia again, now to the Cathedral and many things are happening again because God has a plan for me and I have to accept it. I am happy to be here with you again. I am open to any suggestions, advice, questions and will be happy to serve you, for the good of our parish family.”