Cel­e­bra­tion of her­itage

Ukrainian Sem­i­nary Day con­tin­ues long run of tra­di­tion

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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.

DAVID MCKE­OWN/ STAFF PHOTO

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.

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