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SPIRITUAL FORMATION

 

The Church is the people of God who remember and celebrate the mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting. Father Robert Taft writes: "Liturgy also reminds us of the powerful deeds of God in Christ. And being reminded we remember, and remembering we celebrate, and celebrating we become what we do."(Beyond East and West)

 

As a community, St. Basil Seminary, celebrates the Divine Liturgy, and the cycle of the Divine Office. On Sundays and feast days of the liturgical year the complete cycle of morning praises and evening sacrifices, Matins and Vespers, is celebrated. Other services to mark the Church year or special occasions are also celebrated. The penitential seasons of the Church are observed by the proper liturgies, such as the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts in Great Lent, and by a certain degree of ascetic practices. The seminary is challenged to grow in faith, in service, and in Christ-like integrity. All those involved in spiritual direction meet frequently with the Spiritual Formation Director to formulate common goals and methods of direction. The seminary offers spiritual conferences, Days of Prayer, Penance and Reconciliation Services, Extraordinary-Confessors, and an annual Lenten retreat for the students.

 

Liturgy and spiritual formation are intimately connected. The seminary follows the directives for liturgical life in the Ukrainian Catholic tradition: “In formation of sacred ministers, care should be taken to promote progressive growth of the interior by participation in the holy Mysteries and in Him who operates in them. In order to be mystagogues of the people, they must live in an exemplary way of the same mystagogy. Their role in the liturgy is to be the font, food and model for a life of fullness received by the grace of the Lord.” (Instruction for applying the liturgical prescriptions of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, 71)

 

St. Basil Seminary endeavors to develop these values best imitative of Christ. Personal discernment and positive response to one’s vocation is the fundamental goal of the spiritual formation program. The seminary spiritual life promotes personal growth through communal prayer, daily participation in the Divine Liturgy and liturgical services, the development of a personal prayer life through meditation, scriptural and spiritual readings, apostolic activity individual spiritual direction and counseling.