Fr Danylo Novak was called to his eternal reward on Friday 18th August 2017 in Brisbane. His funeral service was conducted in The Protection of the Mother of God Church where he had lived and served for many of his last years. The Funeral took place on 21-22 September.
“My beloved brothers, do not forget me when you sing praises to the Lord, but remember me and the brotherhood, and pray to God that he may give me rest with all the righteous in the Lord.”(Stepenna Antiphon 3 – Priestly Parastas)
These deeply moving words of the priestly funeral service reflect the fraternal nature of the priesthood. It was with this deep sense of priestly fraternity that the clergy of the Eparchy gathered in Brisbane together with Bishop Peter to remember our brother Danylo, offering praises to God for the gift of his priesthood, praying for the forgiveness of his sins and commending him to The Most High God whom he served so well.
- Fr. Danylo Novak passed away aged 88
- Fr. Danylo Novak celebrated his 86th birthday
- Father Danilo Novak has turned 87
- Fr. Danylo Novak is gravely ill
Fr Danylo Novak was called to his eternal reward on Friday 18th August 2017 in Brisbane. His funeral service was conducted in The Protection of the Mother of God Church where he had lived and served for many of his last years. The Funeral took place on 21-22 September. As is our ancient custom, Fr. Simon Ckuj – Vicar General together with Fr Stefan Sapun, Parish Administrator and Fr William Laurence performed the preparatory rites which involved the washing, anointing, dressing and vesting Fr Danylo’s body. A deceased priest is vested in “bright” vestments in anticipation of the Resurrection on the last day.[AFG_gallery id=’141′]
The Funeral was celebrated by Bishop Peter as well as Frs. Simon Ckuj VG, Stefan Sapun, Martin Arnold, Peter Struk, Ihor Bakay, Ihor Holovko and William Laurence. Very Rev. Nikola Serediuk of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church also participated in the Priestly Parastas.
Bishop Peter in his homily reflected on Fr Danylo’s great humility and missionary zeal, which saw him serve in many countries. He also reflected on Fr Danylo’s love of the people and his particular devotion to the Mother of God.
The Funeral Liturgy was beautifully sung by the clergy and the faithful of Brisbane Parish.[AFG_gallery id=’9′]
At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy Bishop Peter read the prayer of absolution and poured oil over Fr Danylo and covered his face with the Chalice veil before the coffin was closed and Fr Danylo’s brother priests carried his coffin out of the church.
Fr Danylo was laid to rest in the Ukrainian Catholic Section at Mount Gravatt in Brisbane. Fr Constantine Tymochko and Symen Myhal are also buried there.
Following the funeral, clergy and parishioners gathered in the parish hall for the traditional pomynky – wake.