Saturdays: 4 PM (English)
Sundays: 11 AM (Ukrainian)
Holydays as scheduled
Confessions 1/2 hour before Liturgy
Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church
Українська Католицька Церква Свв. Петра і Павла
301 Fairview Street Phoenixville, PA 19460
Prayer for the Blessing of First-Fruits
O Lord God Jesus Christ, You said to Your disciples: "Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." We now humbly beseech You, bless + and sanctify these first-fruits which Your faithful servants have brought into Your temple today. Preserve the life and health of all those who partake of them, those who are present here and those who are absent. Grant that these blessed first-fruits be an effective medicine for those who are sick and ailing and a protection against the assaults of the enemy for those who keep them in their homes. May all those who partake of them of them enjoy the fullness of your goodness and blessing. For You, O Christ God, are our true nourishment and the Giver of all that is good, and we send up glory to You, together with Your Father, who is without beginning and with Your all-holy, good, and life-giving Spirit, now and forever and ever. Amen
Transfiguration - Blessing of Fruit
On the feast of the Transfiguration the Church blesses the first-fruits of the harvest both as a giving back to the Lord what is His and come from Him (1 Chronicles 29:24) and as a celebration of the promise of the final transfiguration of all things in Christ. The Divine Light glimpsed by the Apostles on Mount Tabor will transform all creation to its most perfect flowering and fruitfulness.
In Constantinople and the Greek world grapes were placed on a table in the center of the temple and offered and blessed at the end of the Divine Liturgy and then partaken of by the faithful. Over time this blessing was extended as other first-fruits were brought to be offered and blessed. The Trebnyk (Euchologion or Book of Needs) offers several different different prayers, one of which is offered here:
This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; inits place is something that you have left behind...let it be something good." (Author Unknown)
"When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, a d you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change."
Thich Nhat Hanh