Every first Sunday of the month in the parish of Dormition of the Mother of God (Ardeer), Father Andrii Mykytyuk serves the Divine Liturgy for the children and youth.

This Sunday, the priest addressed the faithful with the following words: “Reading the Gospel from Luke, which our Church presents on the 21st Sunday after Pentecost, we can see that Christ reveals the meaning of the parable of the sower only to his disciples, speaking about God’s Word, about the different meaning of our ears and our heart and, most of all, about what fruits a person can bring from it. Nevertheless, let’s try to hear this parable, our faith, to see where my faith is in this parable.”

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“In my opinion, faith is the zeal that allows a good owner to plow the soil,” continued the father, “each of us knows that in order to grow something, we need to take care of the land. We have to cultivate the soil, then plant something, then water it. We also need patience, for Christ says that fruit is brought in patience. Nothing grows instantly. We cannot plant an apple seed and in the morning have a bucket full of ripe, delicious apples. We must tend… And the same with our lives in God, in order for our heart, our ears to be able to hear God’s word, for it to settle as a fruit – we have to work on our heart. With this work and desire, we enter the life of faith.

Faith as a desire for something impossible, faith as the deepest relationship with our loving Father, faith not as superficiality. Faith is hard work that helps to give birth to the heart to bear good fruit. In the parable of the sower and the grain, the Lord invites us to think about the following questions: What must I do to have good ears to hear the Word of God and a sincere heart to obey it? What path should I follow to bear good fruit? We should think about this.”

At the end of the Divine Liturgy, the father together with the children prayed for their requests and their blessings. After the Divine Service, the children wrote letters to St. Nicholas, because the holiday, which they are looking forward for, will come very soon. Before writing the letters, Father Andrii told the young listeners about the life of Saint Nicholas and why we receive gifts on the day of his memory. He also told interesting stories about miracles performed by the Holy Father.

After that, the children began to write letters and paint pictures with St. Nicholas. Little boys and girls not only asked the Miracle Worker for gifts, but also wrote about the good deeds they had done during the year, boasted about their achievements, and described their family and loved ones. Everyone wrote their wishes to St. Nicholas with trepidation, sincerely believing that he would definitely read their letters and fulfill their requests.