Father Cyril Mykytiuk, O.S.B.M., Pastor
In the fall of 1954 Fr. Cyril joined the Ukrainian monastic Order of Saint Basil-the-Great and began his studies in the Novitiate in Mundare, Alberta. From 1959 to1963 he was in Rome for his theology studies, and was ordained a priest in July,1963. From the fall of 1963 till the spring of 1967 he studied in the Faculty of Math and Science at the University of Ottawa in preparation for his teaching assingnment in Saint Basil-the-Great Catholic High School in Toronto. From the fall of 1967 till the spring of 1997 he taught math, science, chemistry, physics and geology, and was a Vice-Principal for 27 of those years. In July, 1998 he was assigned Pastor of St.John the Baptist Shrine in Ottawa.
EASTER - THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST
Christ is risen from the dead! By His death He has conquered death, and to those in the tombs He has bestowed life eternal. The resurrection of Jesus is not simply an announcement that there is life after death; that it is, but it is much more. The resurrection of Jesus also harolds the beginning of a new era for the human race. The resurrection of Jesus means that God had entered history and had acted to defeat and overcome the power of evil. This was the significance of the healing of the sick, the return to sanity of those possessed by demons, and the conversion of sinners. All of those events pointed to the central fact that evil had met its match, that a new aged had dawned - a new hope was available for mankind.
The Apostle St. John writes: And this is the victory that overcomes the world - our faith. (1 Jn. 5/4). This is indeed our victory: our faith that Jesus is the resurrection, the Lord of life and death, Who has utterly defeated and destroyed the powers of evil and allows us to share in His victory by giving us the power to overcome. Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ, writes St Paul (1Cor. 15/57).
The resurrection of Jesus is the victory over despair. The last words of Jesus on the cross were not: My God, why have You forsaken me? but, Father, into your hands I commend my spirit. Because of Jesus, our end is not the cross but the resurrection - not Good Friday, but Easter - not despair but hope - not death but life. The Lord Jesus has shown us through His resurrection that the whole universe is not on the side of evil but on the side of justice and truth. We proclaim our faith in this every time we say: Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory for ever and ever.
We Christians are certain of Easter, and because of this we can endure anything in life - every hardship and suffering - knowing that they are not the end. This, above all, is what gives us victory over despair and fills us with hope: our faith that God is in control, that when we entrust our life to Him, our end will never be crucifixion and death, but resurrection and life.
To those held in the grip of fear and futility - to those who see only the blind laws of nature grinding on their way - to those who see no hope for the future of mankind - the Resurrection proclaims the fact that there is a power at work in the world which is mightier than all the forces which crucified our Lord. To those enslaved by passion, crushed and disillusioned, the promise comes: You can share Christ's life! The God who raised Christ from the dead will not find our problems hard to handle. He will give us the power to rise from the tomb of sin and death to a new quality of life here and now - a quality of life that will endure forever.