Saturday, 21 August 2010

Canadian Ukrainians Pray for the Monarch

Since I don't have time for a full article this month, I would simply like to post this excerpt, as a follow-up to an earlier article on the Prayers for the Head of State. Much new material has come to light and, in future, I hope to rework this earlier article.

"... In particular, I observe that the abolition of the prayer for the Sovereign is not justifiable in the territory of this [Canadian] Ordinariate, where the King of England exercises sovereignty. The oriental rites admit the liturgical prayer for the supreme civil authority and therefore in Canada the Catholics of the Oriental Rite do not have a motive to make changes in this matter."

Cardinal Eugène Tisserant to Bishop Vasyl Ladyka, 25 January 1939.


Protodeacon David said...

At St. Elias in Brampton, Ontario, Canada we do pray for the Queen of Canada: "For our Queen Elizabeth..." We also mention the Queen in the polychronion which is sung at the end of each service.

Adam DeVille said...

St. Elias is indeed the only UGCC parish in Canada where I have heard the sovereign prayed for. I wonder why nobody else does it?

Rev. Dr. Athanasius D. McVay, HED said...

The current official translations do not give the option. It would be interesting to find out what the norm was in Canada after the implementation of the Roman editions (which took well into the 1950's).

Rev. Dr. Athanasius D. McVay, HED said...

The photo, of course, is the iconic Cardinal Eugène Tisserant, dean of the Sacred College.