By Jayne L. Buryn, Communications Coordinator, Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton

The sun shone down on the Mundare Grotto on Sunday, June 25, 2017, and the celebrations being held within the shelter of the surrounding canopy of trees. It was a beautiful day for the Pontifical Divine Liturgy being held outdoors celebrating the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, the patron saints of the Mundare Ukrainian Catholic Parish that sponsors the annual Vidpust (pilgrimage).

Approximately 600 clergy, religious and laity, took part in the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the Order of St. Basil the Great of Saint Josaphat; the dedication of our country Canada on its 150th birthday to the Theotokos (the Mother of God); and the ordination of Basilian brother Ahapiy Lutsyk to the diaconate. This year also marks the 125th anniversary of the establishment of the Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate (SSMI) and the 125th anniversary of Ukrainian settlement in Canada.

The morning began with a blessing of water, which participants could take home with them.

The Pontifical Divine Liturgy followed the procession of clergy, religious and lay organizations into the Grotto area and the welcome by Mundare parishioners of Most Rev. Lawrence Huculak, Metropolitan of the Archeparchy of Winnipeg and Most Rev. Bishop David of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton.