Hon­or­ing tra­di­tions

New ad­di­tions high­light 82nd an­nual Ukrainian Sem­i­nary Day

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - Front Page - BY ERIC PEDDIGREE COPY ED­I­TOR eped­di­gree@ re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com

Ukrainian Sem­i­nary Day will have a special vis­i­tor this year.

A life-size replica of the Shroud of Turin will be on dis­play Sun­day dur­ing the 82nd edi­tion of the an­nual event at St. Ni­cholas Church pic­nic grove, Prim­rose. Sem­i­nary Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. to cel­e­brate Ukrainian faith, her­itage and cul­ture. It is held rain or shine.

The Shroud of Turin is an old linen cloth that bears the im­age of a cru­ci­fied man, whom many be­lieve to be Je­sus Christ. The Very Rev. Arch­priest Michael Hut­sko at Ss. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Mount Carmel, said the replica to be on dis­play Sun­day touched the ac­tual shroud and was blessed.

Sem­i­nary Day is spon­sored by the 12 parishes of the South An­thracite Dean­ery of the Ukrainian Catholic Archep­archy of Philadel­phia. Pro­ceeds from the event ben­e­fit St. Jos­aphat Ukrainian Catholic Sem­i­nary in Washington, D.C., the only Ukrainian Catholic sem­i­nary in the United States.

Be­gin­ning as Ukrainian Catholic Sem­i­nary Day in 1934, the event was held for 50 years in Lake­wood Park, Bar­nesville. It served as a “com­ing-home event” for de­scen­dants of Ukrainian im­mi­grants who came to this region for work. In 1985, the parish-stye pic­nic was re­named Ukrainian Sem­i­nary Day and moved to its cur­rent lo­ca­tion on Route 901 out­side Min­ersville. It is held an­nu­ally on the last Sun­day of July.

This year’s cel­e­bra­tion be­gins at 11 a.m. with Hier­ar­chi­cal Di­vine Li­turgy cel­e­brated by Arch­bishop Ste­fan Soroka and clergy of the dean­ery. Start­ing at 11:30 a.m., WPPA 1360 will have a live polka broad­cast, which will be fol­lowed at 1 p.m. by the Kazka Ukrainian Folk En­sem­ble. The entertainment will con­tinue at 4 p.m. with John Stevens’ Dou­bleshot Polka Band.

Hut­sko said an­other special ad­di­tion is heal­ing prayers led by Soroka. He said peo­ple are in­vited to re­ceive spiritual anoint­ing.

Vis­i­tors can also view and ven­er­ate the Icon for Vo­ca­tions and the Icon of the Blessed Bishop Mykola Char­net­sky.

Sem­i­nary Day fea­tures a range of eth­nic food, with each parish as­signed to make a homemade spe­cialty. It in­cludes halupki, haluski, piero­gies, blee­nies, kiel­basi and desserts. The menu also has Amer­i­can and pic­nic fare such as hot dogs, ham­burg­ers, french fries and fun­nel cake.

The event also has themed bas­ket auctions, ven­dors and crafters with tra­di­tional East­ern Euro­pean items, games and pysanky demon­stra­tions. Pysanky are tra­di­tional Ukrainian Easter eggs.

Ukrainian Sem­i­nary Day has raised about $750,000 for the sem­i­nary since 1985.

There is no ad­mis­sion charge and park­ing is free. Buses are wel­come. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the Ukrainian Sem­i­nary Day web­site at www.sem­i­nary­day.org or its Face­book page.


A life-size replica of the Shroud of Turin will be on dis­play Sun­day at the an­nual Ukrainian Sem­i­nary Day, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. TOP: Andy Hut­sko, Jon­estown, stirs a large ket­tle of bean soup dur­ing last year’s Ukrainian Sem­i­nary Day.

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