Bishop Bohdan (Dziurakh) participated in prayers on the Day of Sorrow and Remembrance of Victims of War

Sunday, 24 June 2012, 20:00
Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, represented by Bishop Bohdan Dziurakh, Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, together with UOC-KP, UOC, UAOC, RCC and representatives of other Churches and church communities participated today in commemorations of the beginning of war between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany.
Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, represented by Bishop Bohdan Dziurakh, Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, together with UOC-KP, UOC, UAOC, RCC and representatives of other Churches and church communities participated today in commemorations of the beginning of war between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. The memorial commemorations were begun in Kyiv by representatives of different confessions and government administration placing flowers at the Monument of Eternal Glory and continued at 10:30 in the Park of Eternal Glory on the Left Bank with a memorial prayer service by Primates of Christian Churches of Ukraine for all who died during    World War II and those who during that time gave their lives for Ukraine’s freedom. In commenting today’s events, the Secretary of the UGCC Synod of Bishops noted that “it is important for us to see the whole context of those dramatic events in our country and not to bypass with attention and care not only the soldiers of the Soviet army, but also all those, who in difficult circumstances, carried on the national liberation struggle against both occupation regimes – that of Hitler and Stalin.  Likewise, we must also remember the countless victims of civilians, the prisoners of the concentration camps, the victims of ethnic cleansing and forced resettlements.” War, according to Bishop Bohdan, leaves deep wounds in the souls of people and nations which need God’s healing.  “This is exactly why for us, the initiative of the community and the representatives of separate political groupings to commemorate this day in silence and prayer, was so valuable.  It is impossible to change history.  But the past has to be handed over to the Hands of God, who in His Mercy can heal the wounds and cure memory,” summarized the UGCC bishop.  

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