The Holy Scripture is the Word of God, which is addressed to each person and that is why It is actual at every time and every place. The Holy Scripture is the collection of the books, which were written by holy men under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and which Christ’s Church received and keeps as the Word of God. St. Jerome teaches: “Ignorance of the Scripture is ignorance of Christ”. That is why to know Christ we should read the Holy Scripture (Bible), which according to St. Paul is: “inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3, 16-17). We should read the Bible every day, Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky encourages us: “The reading of the Bible every day, even one minute, should become a custom of every Christian family. This reading should be daily nourishment for people”. St. John Chrysostom writes: the reading of the Divine Scripture is a great good! It teaches our soul wisdom; raises our mind to heaven; teaches people to be grateful to God; does not allow us to be attached to something earthly; urges our mind to be always in heaven; encourages us always to act with a hope of the reward from the Lord; and strive with the great zeal to exploits in virtues. (cf. Catechism UGCC § 38, 46, 48). In the pastoral letter “The Vibrant Parish – a place to encounter the living Christ” His Beatitude Sviatoslav emphasises: “Through the Word of God we come to know Christ, we encounter Him, and enter into a living relationship with Him”. No wonder he puts God’s Word as first of the key components of a vibrant parish and urges all of us, the faithful of Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, to the daily reading of the Holy Scripture. We propose to you a program of the reading of the Holy Scripture for the year. By doing this a few minutes each day during the year, we will read the whole New Testament. Every week in the Parish bulletin you can find the schedule of the readings for a week.

01.01.2014 Mathew 1
02.01.2014 Mathew 2
03.01.2014 Mathew 3
04.01.2014 Mathew 4
05.01.2014 Mathew 5, 1-26
06.01.2014 Mathew , 27-48
07.01.2014 Mathew 6, 1-18
08.01.2014 Mathew 6, 19-34
09.01.2014 Mathew 7
10.01.2014 Mathew 8, 1-22
11.01.2014 Mathew 8, 23-34
12.01.2014 Mathew 9, 1-17

First of all we encourage you to read the Bible together with your family. Please find below a daily schedule to read the Holy Scripture together as a family or privately a bit at a time. Structure:

  1. 1.       Light a candle
  2. 2.      Sit and be quite for 2-3 minutes
  3. 3.      Then read a prayer:

Make the pure light of Your Divine knowledge shine in our hearts, О loving Master. Open the eyes of our minds that we may understand the message of Your gospel. Instil in us the fear of Your blessed commandments that we may subdue all carnal desires and follow a spiritual way of life, thinking and doing all that pleases You. For You, О Christ our God, are the enlightenment of our souls and bodies, and we give glory to You, together with Your eternal Father and Your most holy, good, and life-giving Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

  1. 4.      Then read a passage from the New Testament (according to the schedule)
  2. 5.      Reflect for a few minutes about what you read

We wish for all of us to open our hearts and ears to God’s Word, which He said to each of us.

Fr. Andriy Mykytyuk

Head of Catechetical Commission of the Eparchy for Ukrainian Catholics in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania.