The Lord said “Let the little children come to Me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven” ( Matthew 19:15).
When His Eminence Metropolitan Ilarion came to Edmonton, he initiated a special evening to highlight the youth and children in the Western Eparchy. This annual event takes place during the Western Eparchy Assembly. The evening begins with Great Vespers, and is followed by a banquet, a program, and he blesses each child and youth, and presents them with a gift. The youth and children who participate in the Church have been honored in this way at 7 Assemblies.
This year, there was an added blessing, as in addition to the regular youth and children who participate in the Church, it was possible to invite all Ukrainian newcomers and their parents too. The Western Eparchy picked up the tab for this evening to ensure that no one was left out due to financial restraints. All children and youth are welcome in our Churches, and their visible presence is enjoyed by all. This a wonderful time for the young people and adults to meet and greet each other.