Later that day, on Thursday evening, His Eminence Archbishop Daniel led the service of the Passions of our Lord – the Reading of the 12 Gospels at Holy Archangel Michael/St. George Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Minneapolis, MN. Once again, serving with the bishop were the clergy of local Minneapolis parishes: Very Rev. Fr. Evhen Kumka – pastor of Holy Archangel Michael/St. George Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Minneapolis, MN and Very Rev. Fr. Petro Siwko – pastor of St. Katherine Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Arden Hills, MN, assisted by the seminarians of the Church subdeacon Mykola Zomchak and Yurii Bobko and Tadei Surak. The evening entered those in attendance into the celebration of the holy, saving and awesome Passion of Christ. To take away our sins, Christ willingly endured the spitting, scourging, buffetings, scorn, mocking and the purple robe; the reed, sponge, vinegar, nails, spear and, above all, the Cross and Death. The confession from the cross of the penitent thief, crucified with Christ, is celebrated. This service is usually long, but its content is dramatic and deeply moving for the devout Christian.
Those, in attendance at Holy Archangel Michael/St. George Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Minneapolis, MN, had an opportunity to once again participate in the prayers and the historical sequence of the events, as related in the Gospels and hymns, providing a vivid foundation for the great events yet to come.