Venerable Olympia and Laurentia Feastday Celebrations, Saskatoon, Canada


04.07.2008 - Hundreds of pilgrims, including: His Grace Archbishop Luigi Ventura, Apostolic Nuncio of Canada; His Grace Lawrence Huculak, Metropolitan for Ukrainian
Catholics in Canada; newly consecrated Eparch of Saskatoon, Most Rev. Bryan Bayda, CSsR; Metropolitan Emeritus Michael Bzdel, CSsR; Most Rev. Ken Nowakowski, Eparch of New Westminster; Most Rev. John Pazak, CSsR, Byzantine Slovak Eparchy, Unionville, Ontario; Most Rev. Cornelius Pasichny, OSBM, Bishop Emertius Toronto; Most Rev. Severian Yakymyshyn, OSBM, Bishop Emeritus New Westminister; and Most Rev. Michael Wiwchar, CSsR, Bishop Emeritus of Saskatoon; as well as several priests and nuns converged on the Shrine to the Venerable Nun Martyrs Olympia and Laurentia, on the evening of June 27th, to prayerfully observe their feastday.

The ‘praznyk', which usually spans the better part of the entire day, had to be scaled down this year due to the ordination of our new Bishop: however, the pilgrims were not to be deterred. Many who had travelled long distances to attend the ordination stayed on to prayerfully honour two of the Church's newest heros; and, implore their intercession before God.

The services included a Moleben to the saintly women, as well as, the blessing of two new side altars, one dedicated to each of the Martyrs, and three dome suspended chandliers; all of which were custom built for the Khram. A barbeque supper followed and the Khram remained open well into the evening for those who wished to remain on in private prayer.

Early the next morning most of the Bishops returned to the Khram, along with the Sisters and Subdeacon Oles, to celebrate the Divine Liturgy. Those who particpated in this historic celebration were: Bishop Bryan Bayda, CSsR; Bishop Ken Nowakowski; Bishop Emeritus Michael Wiwchar, CSsR; Bishop Emeritus Cornelius Pasichny, OSBM; Bishop Emeritus Severian Yakymyshyn, OSBM; Rev. Fr. Mario Bois, CSsR; and, His Grace Luigi Ventura. We extol you, O Venerable Nun Martyrs Olympia and Laurentia and we honour Your precious suffering which You endured for Christ.;7212/