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Cathedral Choir

March 1950 – the choir was officially organized under the direction of Dmytro Lubansky (soloist of the T. Shevchenko Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus). By the end of the year, the choir acquired additional members from the renowned Nestor Horodovenko Chorus and was being directed by Ivan Trochymovych Kytasty. 

1950-1975 - Ivan T. Kytasty directed the choir and dedicated himself to expanding the choir’s repertoire (i.e. learning the O. Koshetz’s Liturgy in its entirety) and training the younger and newer choir members. Along with singing during Divine Services, the choir participated in numerous concerts and programs including Ukrainian music festivals hosted in Flint, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario. They were also invited to perform 2 concerts of Ukrainian carols and religious songs by a Presbyterian Church in Southfield. 

1975 – Vasyl Spisarchuk and Tatiana Hychko – Following the death of I. Kytasty, V. Spisarchuk and T. Hychko led the choir for a short period of time.

Fall of 1975 – 1976 Petro Kondratenko, a renowned church choir conductor, led the choir and shared his deep love of religious music. His attention to detail and great discipline further enhanced the development of the choir.

1976-2006 Petro Ivanovych Kytasty, son of I. Kytasty was convinced by P. Kondratenko of the importance of taking over the choir. Mr. P. Kytasty took on this role for 30 years during which time the choir added the Liturgies of Kyrylo Stetsenko and Hryhory Kytasty and other composers to their repertoire. In 1984 Mykola Samokyshyn and a group of choir members under the direction of P. Kytasty learned seldom sung Ukrainian carols and began caroling for various causes, i.e. aid to the Ukrainian dissident Mykola Rudenko, in support of “Rukh” (V. Chornovil) political party, aid to the Children of Chornobyl and later UCARE, Inc. Over the years, they collected and donated $15, 960 to these causes. 

2006-present day Mykola M. Newmerzyckyj (son of our former pastor, Father Mykola Newmerzyckyj ) was selected to lead the choir. He is very well versed in church music and has organized the choir to have weekly rehearsals and has published all the major Liturgies of the Church Calendar in a standardized format using a music writing software. 

Many thanks to all the dedicated choir members through the years for their commitment and beautiful singing. Throughout the years, we were blessed to have over 35 trained singers from the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus as members of our choir. Eternal Memory (Vichnaya Pamiat) to all the choir members and conductors who have Fallen Asleep in the Lord! We wish good health to M. Newmerzyckyj along with all the members of the choir – wishing you good fortune without end and a long life to praise the Lord with your singing!

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Na Jordanskij richci
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Diva Siohodni
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Boh sia Rojdae
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Boh Predvichnyj
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Confession: 9:40 AM
Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM

SATURDAYS

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

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Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM

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Sunday , February 16, 2020
(Julian calendar:
Sunday , February 3, 2020)

Holy and Righteous Symeon the God-receiver

Sunday of Prodigal Son   Tone 2

Afterfeast of the Meeting of our Lord.
Holy and Righteous Symeon the God-receiver and Anna the Prophetess (1st c.).
Prophet Azarias (10thc. B.C.).
Martyrs Papias, Diodorus, and Claudianus at Perge in Pamphylia (250).
Martyrs Adrian and Eubulus, at Caesarea in Cappadocia (310).
Martyr Blaise of Caesarea in Cappadocia (3rd c.).


Matins Gospel (2): Mark 16:1-8
Apostle: 1Cor. 6:12-20
Gospel: Luk. 15:11-32

Sunday , February 16, 2020
(Julian calendar:
Sunday , February 3, 2020)

Luk. 15:11-32
11 And he said, A certain man had two sons:
12 and the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of [thy] substance that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
13 And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together and took his journey into a far country; and there he wasted his substance with riotous living.
14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that country; and he began to be in want.
15 And he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
17 But when he came to himself he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish here with hunger!
18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight:
19 I am no more worthy to be called your son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
20 And he arose, and came to his father. But while he was yet afar off, his father saw him, and was moved with compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight: I am no more worthy to be called thy son.
22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
23 and bring the fatted calf, [and] kill it, and let us eat, and make merry:
24 for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing.
26 And he called to him one of the servants, and inquired what these things might be.
27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
28 But he was angry, and would not go in: and his father came out, and entreated him.
29 But he answered and said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, and I never transgressed a commandment of thine; and [yet] thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:
30 but when this thy son came, who hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou killedst for him the fatted calf.
31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that is mine is thine.
32 But it was meet to make merry and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive [again]; and [was] lost, and is found.

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