February 21, 2020
  • 4:15 pm معايدة صاحب الغبطةيوحنا العاشر بطريرك أنطاكية وسائر المشرقميلاد ٢٠١٩
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Ukrainian Catholic Christmas, Sviata Vecherya, Holy Supper

♪ To us a Son is born ♪ ♪ Unto us a Child is given ♪ ♪ God is with us,
rejoice all you nations ♪ ♪ And be humbled for God is with us ♪ ♪ And governance shall
be upon His shoulders ♪ ♪ God is with us,
rejoice all you nations ♪ ♪ And be humbled for God is with us ♪ ♪ And His name shall be
called Wondrous Counselor ♪ ♪ Mighty God, Everlasting
Father, Prince of Peace ♪ ♪ God is with us,
rejoice all you nations ♪ ♪ And be humbled for God is with us ♪ ♪ Your Nativity, oh Christ, our God ♪ ♪ Has shed upon the world
the light of knowledge ♪ ♪ For through it those
who worship the stars ♪ ♪ Have learned from the star ♪ ♪ To worship you the
Son of Righteousness ♪ ♪ And to recognize in you
the One from on high ♪ ♪ Glory to You ♪ ♪ Today the Virgin gives
birth to the perfect essence ♪ ♪ And the earth offers a
cave to the inaccessible ♪ ♪ The angels sing his
glory to the shepherds ♪ ♪ The wise men journey with the star ♪ ♪ There is born for us an
infant child, God Eternal ♪ ♪ Christ our God bless
this food and drink ♪ ♪ For your servants for you are holy ♪ ♪ Now and forever for ages of ages ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ – In the name of the Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit, amen. (repeats in Ukrainian) – We’re doing all this stuff but why? So, we start with the
lighting of the candles because Christ is, the light of our life. And we have a candle in the window inviting any kind of wanderers, travelers, anyone who doesn’t have a place to celebrate this Holy Supper this evening to come in and join us. So we have the empty place
setting usually with a chair, but not in our host home lately. – If someone comes, then
we will make room for them. That’s what that signifies. They can sit on someone’s lap. – (laughing) Definitely, yes. So, the empty place setting is for the stranger, for the
wanderer that may join us, but it also is for all of the
people who are not with us who have died, who can’t come, who have celebrated in the
past and even in the future. So, we welcome everyone here. In the corner of the
room, along that line, we have the sheaf of wheat, and the sheaf of wheat
is called the didukh, which is from the word for дід or grandfather. Because that is a symbol
of the generations that we celebrate with, the
generations in the past, the people all over the
world and all throughout time that have celebrated this momentous event of God becoming human, of
being born as a person. Also then, if you feel the crinkliness underneath the tablecloth, that’s hay. It really is.
– Not the Canadian eh. Get real hay, not eh. – And under your toes, it’s not just because we haven’t had any time to vacuum. – We haven’t had, which
might be the truth, but still, no, it’s hay
underneath the table to symbolize that humble birth. The fact that God came to us as a poor person with nothing, and yet, saved all of humanity. Our celebrations today reflect our icon of the night Nativity that we had. The incarnation, the whole mixture of what we experience in our human life, the joy together with the suffering, pain together with happiness, love together with so much, so much trouble. And yet, throughout all of that, we can celebrate that God is with us. And I love this icon because
we have the mother of God turned away from her child
because of that pain. We think, you know, we’ve got the midwives in there, too. The pain of childbirth isn’t something that we’re forgetting about just because we’re celebrating
the birth of God. It’s totally human, and
it’s totally divine. As we hope to be, totally
human, but totally divine. Yay. (laughing) – Totally. – Totally divine. So, yes, and again if ever you guys want to look more closely at
the icons of the Nativity, we just have that mixture all the time. There’s Joseph being
tempted to not believe that his wife is actually faithful to him. And the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes but looking like a mummy
in a coffin actually, remembering that even though we’re celebrating this Nativity, it’s very real the way
our lives are very real. – Connected to death. Huh?
– Right, exactly. – Connected to death.
– Right. – Yes. – That’s the motto of the mummy. – And yet death then brings life. – [Man] Exactly. – So we have the kolach
in the middle of the table that thank you Myroslawa for baking. And it is made in three tiers. Braided with the three strands of dough that then meet together into a circle symbolizing the Trinity. And the way our life
then enters into eternity with this celebration of the incarnation. And also, the threes that we keep seeing not only tonight but in
our whole faith tradition reminding us of the Trinity. The Trinity as community and as we are. So all day, – [Woman] Did you mention the garlic? – No, the garlic? The garlic is there. – [Man] Very Christian tradition. – To make sure that even
though we’re inviting everyone, we’re not inviting the vampires tonight. – [Man] No evil spirits,
every of the evil spirits. – There’s people at the table, and if anyone feels particularly sick, they can feel free to take,
bite off a chunk of the garlic. Chew it along with their dinner. – Okay, sorry Aleksandra,,
just a little bit more then. Oh dear, okay. – [Man] Salt? – [Man] Salt. – The salt because we are all called to be the salt of the earth as Christ had demonstrated to us in His light. Oh yes, and during the day,
we were not eating any meals, remembering the journey of
the Holy Family to Bethlehem, and the hardship that they had. And yet, now when we’re
breaking that fast of the day, we’re having 12 dishes. We’re having a celebration, and yet, the celebration is still part of the fast because until we go to church, we’re not celebrating the
actual birth of Christ. So after which then we would have meat and eggs and dairy stuff. – But poor fish are not
considered one of those. – Fish aren’t considered part of that. Yeah, so we’re having fish tonight. – I think the fish activists
would have an issue in this situation. – It’s true, it’s true. But yes, and what’s
exciting for me tonight on top of everything else that’s exciting, is that we have the 12 dishes
that symbolize the 12 apostles and how we too are followers
of Christ as Christians. But we have exactly 12
people at our table. – Oh I never thought of that. – [Man] Dun dun dun. – So everyone just gets one dish. (laughing) You will eat that and only that. (excited mumbling) Yeah, exactly, exactly. – Yeah poor Tom and Sean are kind of like, you don’t know what to grab first, right? Because these are both your favorites. – It’s right in front of him. – I’ll be tolerant. – Okay, no, it’s okay, she’s kidding. – You think.
(laughing) – We begin with the first
star in the sky of course, recalling the star of Bethlehem. – It’s definitely out by now. – It’s definitely out. – [Man] It’s gone to sleep already. – And normally, we would actually feed any animals that we have first. – All our animals are dead. – All our animals are
dead, it’s true, oh dear. In some parts of Ukraine, I just learned this in the past year. Susanne, this would be new if we, but we’re not doing it. But the youngest people in the family, in this case it would be you and Sean, would be asked to go under the table, and you’d make animal sounds. – What, are you serious?
(laughing) – I’m not kidding. I’m not kidding. I am serious. – [Man] So Sean, when you get
that urge (speaks faintly). – Did we plan on this business? – But no, I’m not kidding, it’s true. But after when we get up
before we go to church, traditionally here in our
household, we do do this. People are invited to
dive under the table. – Not just the youngest. – Not just the youngest,
everyone is welcome to find treasures in the
hay underneath the table. And this is for real. I’m not kidding. (laughing) Okay. – And as we get older, the
treasures get more, get nicer. We have no grandchildren, so there’s like no (speaks faintly). No one can be charmed
with a nickel any more. – Oh dear. – I can’t even make a phone call any more. – Don’t be disappointed, Anastasia. Okay, so we start. The first three dishes have their order, and then we’ll just bring things out. We’ll bring all the 12
out then after that. We begin with the kutya because this is a dish that symbolizes life. It’s made from boiled grain. We have barley. Often, it’s wheat. And this is a dish that’s often also made for funerals and for funeral celebrations because of that symbolizing life itself. And it’s mixed with honey, the beauty and the sweetness of life. And the poppy seeds,
the bitterness of life. Also in our culture, we would
think maybe the inebriation. However, it’s for the bitterness. (laughs) All right and, we begin with, the oldest person in the household. I just want to rub that in. – The dramatic moment. – I will yes, I won’t explain it. I’ll just say if it sticks, then it will be a good
year, a good harvest. And if it doesn’t, – [Man] Do it again. – Well, too bad. – She’s telling me–
– Just a sec. I also want to thank Anastasia
for making this kutya. Myroslawa did the kolach. No, no, no, it’s good. – The pressure’s on. – Wait, wait, wait, before you start, have I forgotten anything? – [Multiple People] No. – Okay. (cheering and clapping) That is a fabulous year, you guys. – They’ll get that in
their wine glass later. – No, no, no, it’s there. Okay, 2018,
– It’s a good year! – Wonderful year for all of us.

Otis Rodgers