Celebration of heritage
Ukrainian Seminary Day continues long run of tradition
Along- running celebration of faith, heritage and culture will
continue this weekend in Primrose.
The 83rd annual Ukrainian Seminary Day will be held from 11 a. m. to 8 p. m. Sunday at the St. Nicholas Church picnic grounds, Route 901 outside of Minersville. The event is sponsored by the 12 parishes and faithful of the South Anthracite Deanery. Admission and parking are free. Buses are also welcome.
This year, the event will feature an exhibit of works by local artist Nick Bervinchak.
According to a press release from the Rev. John Fields, director of communications for the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Metropolitan Archeparchy of Philadelphia, there will be a multi- media presentation on the life and art of Bervinchak by Michael Buryk. In addition, several of Bervinchak’s works will be on display.
“Nick Bervinchak’s art includes traditional iconography, scenes of early Lemko/ Ukrainian life in the coal regions aswell as works based on nature,” according to the release.
The day will begin with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, celebrated by Bishop John Bura, auxiliary bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia and clergy of the deanery, at 11 a. m. in St. Nicholas Hall. It will conclude with a healing service and anointing and the veneration of the relics of Blessed Bishop- Martyr Mykola Charnetsky, known as the “healer of souls.”
Music is a big part of the celebration, and there are performances scheduled throughout the day.
Beginning at 11 a. m., radio station WPPA1360 will broadcast a live polka program from the picnic grounds. The Kazka Ukrainian Folk Ensemble will perform from 1 to 3 p. m. in the open air band pavilion. John Stevens’ Doubleshot Orchestra will followfrom4 to 8 p. m.
There will be a mixture of ethnic and American food and beverage, including pierogies, holubtsi, kobasa, halushki, homemade soups, and homemade cakes and pastries.
Other scheduled activities include a theme basket auction, pysanky demonstrations, games for children and vendors selling traditional Ukrainian and Eastern European items.
According to the press release, from1985 through 2015, Ukrainian Seminary Day raised more than $ 835,000 for the financial support of St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Seminary, adjacent to the campus of The Catholic University of America, Washington, D. C.
For more information, visit the Ukrainian Seminary Day Facebook page at www. facebook. com/ Ukrainian Seminary Day.
Liana Dages, left, and Zoria Komperda from the Kazka Ukrainian Folk Ensemble perform during last year’s Ukrainian Seminary Day. This year’s celebration will be held from 11 a. m. to 8 p. m. Sunday at St. Nicholas Church picnic grounds, Primrose. Josh Minder, Primrose, places the cauldron filled with bean soup onto a fire during last year’s celebration.