Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Novena to Blessed Vasyl Velychkovsky

I am inviting you to join me in a novena for the intention of the restoration of my wife’s health through the intercession of Blessed Martyr Vasyl Velychkovsky (Блаженний Священномученик Василь Величковський). The novena will begin on June 18th, and lead up to his feast day on June 27th.

This is the prayer:

O Lord God, You are praised by the whole world for the marvellous works in your saints. I thank you for the grace you gave to Blessed Martyr Vasyl Velychkovsky to be a faithful witness to You unto the point of death. Through his intercession I ask for the following favour […] for your Name is glorified forever. Amen.

If you wish, you may add this prayer from the Akathist Hymn:

O great and holy martyr, our blessed father Vasyl, you were on fire with God’s Word and have followed His Will even unto death. You have been sanctified and purified by the Cross and now you stand in God’s Presence wearing the martyr’s crown interceding on our behalf. You, who have confidence before the Lord, pray for us who come to you with love and devotion. For we come to you with all our needs knowing that the Lord hears His faithful ones.
Intercede for us before the Almighty God, that each one receives according to their needs; bring comfort to the sorrowful and hope to the lost; heal the sick; give courage to the young; bring a change of heart to all those who fall into sin; enlighten our minds with the truth of the Gospel; inspire us always to follow Christ; help us always to choose the good; give us courage in times of distress, faith in times of despair, hope in times of darkness; and strengthen our commitment to love our Lord. Grant that each one of us be saved through the grace and mercy of God, that together with you we may praise and glorify Him who is wondrous in His saints: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

You may also wish to add this prayer from the Moleben Service:

O Lord, our God, You have so loved us, that You sent your Son Jesus who showed us the way of perfection through the way of the Cross. He was obedient to You, His Father, and took the form of a servant, even unto death, Therefore, You have exalted Him and given Him the name Lord.
You call all to believe in You and to follow Your way. We thank You for the grace You gave to Blessed Vasyl Velychkovsky such that he was able to pay the ultimate price of faithfulness to You in giving his life. His love for You, caused him to die, so as not to betray You and Your Truth.
We thank You for glorifying him in Your heavenly kingdom, that he may be for all of us a shining example of Your powerful presence in our lives. That which is impossible for us is possible through You, our Lord and Master. We pray that You give us the grace of faithfulness and generosity as we seek to respond to Your love. Through his intercession, help us always to stand firm in the Truth and be faithful to You and Your commandments.
O Holy Mother of God and our Mother of Perpetual Help, whom Blessed Martyr Vasyl loved so dearly, lead us to Your Son Jesus. Give us the courage always to follow Him in all the circumstances of our life. We place ourselves under your protection.
For all the glory and honour belongs to You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

I hope, God willing, to celebrate both the Akathist Hymn and Moleben Service, along with the other liturgical services, on his feastday as I venerate the incorrupt relics at the martyr’s shrine in Winnipeg. On that same day, my wife, God willing, will embark on a vacation to visit family, not too far (a relative expression) from Canada’s other martyrs’ shrine in Ontario.

As with the novena I had asked for myself, beginning on March 11, 2013, leading up to the anniversary of the beatification of Blessed John Duns Scotus, which has led me to ask for this novena to Blessed Vasyl, June 18th is a special day for us and just happens to be nine days before Blessed Vasyl’s feast day. As well, Blessed Vasyl was born on my birthday the same year my grandfather was born, 112 years ago. It seems that I was conceived, and evidently so was Blessed Vasyl, right around the day of my grandfather’s birthday, which happens to be the Great Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos. Blessed Vasyl Velychkovsky and Blessed John Duns Scotus were both deeply devoted to Our Lady, as am I.

Thank you for your prayers.

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