PHILADELPHIA – A solemn memorial service and commemorative concert in tribute to the Heavenly Hundred took place on Sunday, February 24, here at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
The commemoration began with a wreath-laying ceremony by representatives from Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization followed by a panakhyda. The main celebrant for the memorial service was Bishop Andriy Rabiy. Concelebrating were local clergy: Msgr. Peter Waslo and the Revs. Roman Pitula, Taras Lonchyna, Taras Naumenko, Volodymyr Klanichka, Yaroslav Kurpel and Roman Sverdan.
A speech by Bishop Andriy followed the panakhyda. Next came the commemorative program. The master of ceremonies for the concert was Eugene Luciw. Featured performers included: the Accolada Ukrainian Chamber Choir, the Prometheus Ukrainian Male Chorus, vocalists Yuliya Stupen and Sofiya Pitula, and violinists Yuliana Fartachuk and Marianna Klingensmith, accompanied by Lubov Shchuyko on piano.