Palm Sunday at Assumption Church in Perth Amboy, NJ.

On Palm Sunday, Assumption Parish   was blessed by a visit from Bishop Hryhoriy Komar, Auxiliary Bishop of Sambir-Drohobych Eparchy in Ukraine. The parish priest Rev. Ivan Turyk welcomed  the Bishop  at the entrance of the Church followed by the  parish children who greeted  Him  with the traditional bread and salt and beautiful flower bouquets.  The bread represents the warmth of Ukrainian hospitality from the rich black fertile soil of Ukraine. The salt symbolizes friendship, an eternal friendship that will never sour because salt is never corrupted by time therefore, never loses its taste. His Grace  led the faithful in the celebration of Divine Liturgy and blessing of the willow branches.  The Divine Liturgy was beautifully celebrated with responses sung by the parsh choir “Boyan”  under the direction of Mrs. Alla Korostil.  In his homily, Bishop Komar  spoke of the shadow of the cross that  hung   over Jesus as he journeyed  to Jerusalem. He also asked for prayers for peace in Ukraine and especially for all who have suffered greatly in a recent war.