PHILADELPHIA The 79th annual pilgrimage honoring the Mother of God on the grounds of the motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Basil the Great in Fox Chase has as its theme “Let it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). On Oct. 2 the theme will be developed during the Akathist to the Mother of God celebrated at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pochaiv. The homilist will be Rev. Father Robert Hitchens, rector of the Ukrainian Catholic Seminary in Washington, D.C.

On Oct. 3, during the Hierarchical spanine Liturgy celebrated by Archbishop Stefan Soroka, the Very Rev. Paul Chomnycky, O.S.B.M., Eparch of Stamford, Conn., will speak on what it means to live out God’s call. The theme will be further developed at the Moleben to the Mother of God by Archbishop Soroka.

The mystery of reconciliation (confession) will be available both days. Traditional Ukrainian food will be served on Sunday. A special feature of the weekend will be an opportunity to venerate the replica of the Shroud of Turin in the Holy Trinity Chapel of the Sisters of St. Basil the Great. It is one of nine replicas touched by the actual Shroud of Turin and blessed by the Holy Father.

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