The Head of the Department of the Patriarchal Curia in Matters of Chaplaincy in the Power Structures of Ukraine sent a greeting to the Minister of Defense of Ukraine

Monday, 08 December 2008, 11:04
On December 6 the Military Forces of Ukraine celebrate the 17th anniversary of the day of foundation. On this occasion, Reverend Bishop Mikhail (Koltun), Head of the Department of the Patriarchal Curia of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church in Matters of Chaplaincy in the Power Structures of Ukraine, sent a greeting to the Minister of Defense of Ukraine.
On December 6 the Military Forces of Ukraine celebrate the 17th anniversary of the day of foundation. On this occasion, Reverend Bishop Mikhail (Koltun), Head of the Department of the Patriarchal Curia of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church in Matters of Chaplaincy in the Power Structures of Ukraine, sent a greeting to the Minister of Defense of Ukraine. The greeting in particular reads: "On the day of the 17th anniversary of the Military Forces of Ukraine on behalf of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church I express great respect and gratitude to you, as the Secretary of Defense of Ukraine, and all those who serve in the Military Forces of Ukraine, for devotion to peace and calm in our country. “This celebration is not only a celebration for the military – it is also a celebratory day for every citizen and believer of our state. Those in the military are an example of courage, reasonableness, patience, and sacrifice. You prove every day to us that, not considering all difficulties, you bravely walk ahead and assure for us peace and calm, because this is the main mission of the military. “Peace and calm for the nation is our common cause! Serving the people, as well as serving God, requires great sacrificial work. Ukraine needs good soldiers – soldiers of peace who will be able to use the mightiest weapon – love. For this reason our general mission is confirming Christian values in the army, through propagating love of God and homeland and the traditions of the Ukrainian people. “Tradition testifies that with the military there was always a priest who was a confirmation of the presence of God, and in whom the soldiers saw a spiritual leader, comrade and adviser. We wish also today to be with the military, to surmount together all difficulties and obstacles which stand in the way of service to the Ukrainian nation. “We give thanks to God for all you military workers of Ukraine. We wish you strength in the execution of your the duties of your oath. May the Most Holy Virgin Mary, protectress of the Ukrainian army, always guard you and the Military Forces of Ukraine.  “May God’s blessing strengthen you in your service to Ukraine and our people."

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