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St. Mary the Protectress (Pokrova) Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral belongs to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and is under the omophorion of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.  For over sixty years, our parish has been a gathering place for the Ukrainian Orthodox faithful in the Detroit Metropolitan area.  We deeply appreciate the hard work of the founders of this parish – their legacy is a beautiful place of worship that enjoys a warm family atmosphere. 

Our parish has opened its doors and hearts to many generations of Ukrainians –many who have left their homeland to find a better life in the U.S.A. and those born here.   This has also become the spiritual home of many people from various post-Soviet countries.  We are very pleased to see the diversity of people worshipping together.   St. Paul people said, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3, 28).

We come together for worship services regularly on Saturdays and Sundays and during major holy days.  The main language of worship is Ukrainian, but services are also conducted in English and Church Slavonic.

Our current Church was built in 1970 and was the result of many generous donations of time and money of the entire Ukrainian Orthodox community.  From the very beginning our Church organizations and youth groups worked in close harmony with one another - the Sisterhood of St. Olha, the Cathedral choir, Lesia Ukrainka School of Religious and Ukrainian Education, the Ukrainian Orthodox League and the Organization of Democratic Ukrainian Youth (ODUM).

Our parish hall is the site of many celebrations and is the gathering place for Sunday fellowship lunches, choir practices, and summer Bible school activities. After Sunday worship, you can always enjoy delicious Ukrainian dishes lovingly prepared by the sisterhood of our church or the Junior UOL (Ukrainian Orthodox League).  Please come and join us for a hot bowl of borscht, varennyky, piroshky and coffee every Sunday. 


weekly updates

 Glory to Jesus Christ!

See you at the picnic!

Saturday, AUGUST 22
9:00 a.m. Sisterhood will be completing their preparations for the picnic.
4:00 p.m. Set up at Dibrova (A. Smyk, W. Murha and T. Kowalenko)
5:00 p.m. NO Vesper Services
6:00 p.m. Celebration of Ukrainian Independence at the Ukrainian Cultural Center (Warren)

Sunday, AUGUST 23
10:30 a.m. Obtnitsia (Liturgy with no Holy Communion)
followed by Moleben and Blessing of Fruits & Flowers
Dibrova Estate 8400 Maltby Road, Brighton, MI 48116

Friday, AUGUST 28 Успіння Пресвятої Владичиці Богородиці і Вседіви Марії / The Dormition of the most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary.
10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy –

Quick updates:

The ROAD TRIP /Saturday, August 15 to attend the annual final concert at Kobzarska Sich Bandura Camp was great fun and the concert was amazing. We are hoping to have some bandura players perform at our picnic on Sunday! Thank you Mykola for driving all the way there and back in one day.


Ukrainian Independence Day rescheduled to Saturday, August 22 at 6:00 p.m.(more details to come).

Annual Parish Picnic- Sunday, August 23rd Dibrova. There are several parishioners (Terry Kowalenko, Volodya Murha and Andriy Smyk) who will be setting up the bar & stocking it on Saturday, August 22 at 4:00 p.m. I have updated the schedule per everyone's requests either in person or via email.

2015 ANNUAL CELRGY CONFERENCE 20-23 October 2015
With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, we would like to formally inform you about the convocation of the Annual Clergy Conference of our Holy Metropolia on 20-23 October 2015 at the spiritual headquarters of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA in South Bound Brook, NJ.
Щорічна Конференція Духовенства
З благословення Високопреосвященнішого Митрополита Антонія, повідомляємо вас про зібрання Щорічної Конференції Духовенства нашої Святої Митрополії з 20 по 23 жовтня 2015 в духовному центрі Української Православної Церкви США - Савт Баунд Бруці, Н.Дж

November 6-8 Holodomor Memorial Dedication Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Community Events
Schedule of Picnics on Dibrova

AUGUST 23rd - ST. MARY the Protectress UOC PARISH PICNIC

Labor Day Weekend – ODUM gathering (To be Announced)



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Confession: 9:40 AM
Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM


Vespers: 5:00 PM
Confession: 5:40 PM


Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM

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Monday , August 31, 2015
(Julian calendar:
Monday , August 18, 2015)

Martyrs Florus and Laurus

14th Week after Pentecost.   

Afterfeast of the Dormition.
Martyrs Florus and Laurus of Illyria (2nd c.).
Martyrs Hermes, Serapion, and Polyaenus of Rome (2nd c.).
Martyrs Hilarion, Dionysius, and Hermippus, Hieromartyr Emilian, and others (about 1,000) of Italy (300).
Sts. John (674) and George (683), patriarchs of Constantinople.
Venerable Macarius the Monk of Pelekete (830).
Repose of St. John, abbot of Rila (946).

Apostle: 2Cor. 12:10-19
Gospel: Mrk. 4:10-23

Monday , August 31, 2015
(Julian calendar:
Monday , August 18, 2015)

Mrk. 4:10-23
10 And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parables.
11 And he said unto them, Unto you is given the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all things are done in parables:
12 that seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest haply they should turn again, and it should be forgiven them.
13 And he saith unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how shall ye know all the parables?
14 The sower soweth the word.
15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; and when they have heard, straightway cometh Satan, and taketh away the word which hath been sown in them.
16 And these in like manner are they that are sown upon the rocky [places], who, when they have heard the word, straightway receive it with joy;
17 and they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, straightway they stumble.
18 And others are they that are sown among the thorns; these are they that have heard the word,
19 and the cares of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
20 And those are they that were sown upon the good ground; such as hear the word, and accept it, and bear fruit, thirtyfold, and sixtyfold, and a hundredfold.
21 And he said unto them, Is the lamp brought to be put under the bushel, or under the bed, [and] not to be put on the stand?
22 For there is nothing hid, save that it should be manifested; neither was [anything] made secret, but that it should come to light.
23 If any man hath ears to hear, let him hear.