The Head of the UGCC: “A Victim of the Heavenly Hundred Is an Easter Sacrifice”

Monday, 23 February 2015, 13:52
Christians, in the fusillades at Maidan, must recognize an Easter sacrifice of Heavenly Hundred. About this declared the Father and the Head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, His Beatitude Sviatoslav in his video-blog up to the Day of the Heavenly Hundred Heroes. This day is celebrated, according to the President’s Decree “About a Commemoration of a Great Deed Perpetrated by Participators of Revolution of Dignity and Perpetuating the Memory of Heavenly Hundred Heroes”, every year on 20th of February.

An Archbishop of the UGCC mentioned that, different people, going through this first anniversary of victory in Revolution of Dignity, also felt a different sense of this anniversary, and, probably, that day would be called in a different ways. “Someone will think of victims of Maidan, another one will talk about a fusillade at Maidan… But we, Christians realize something much deeper here. We talk about an Easter sacrifice of Heavenly Hundred”, mentioned Archbishop Sviatoslav.

The Head of the Church pointed out: to realize what comprehends a Christian heart, while speaking about Easter sacrifice, it is worth looking at Easter sacrifice of Our Saviour, Jesus Christ. “What exactly the bystanders saw and comprehended that time? Ones saw the execution of a criminal, condemned by Roman authority of that time, presented by a Sanhedrin. Others saw a tragedy of death of the righteous. But, virtually, it was an Easter sacrifice. Son of God sacrificed Himself for saving the world. In that sacrifice the whole mankind got an eternal life. The Death cross of our Saviour started as a beginning of the Resurrection, triumph of life over death, a human’s journey from darkness to light, the same from earth to heaven, - considers the Major Archbishop of the UGCC.

“If so, we, Christians, - continued he, - talking about an anniversary of Heavenly Hundred’s Easter sacrifice, recognize this free-willed sacrifice of giving an own life for better future of our nation. And this sacrifice became a time of changes. Regarding the past year, we really see how Ukraine has started to change the recent days. A new generation, a new state is born in pains. The worth of being a free man is being realized now.”

“This holy blood of Heavenly Hundred Heroes sanctified the freedom of Ukraine. It is our real treasure. It is a moment of the emancipation. It is a moment of transition from slavery to liberty. Consequently, this victim is the beginning of life. The death, which is reviving”, - accented the Head of the Church.

Jesus Christ says: unless the grain of wheat dies, it remains just a grain of wheat, but if it dies, it produces much fruit. “Today, we, Christians remind ourselves an anniversary of Easter sacrifice that gives and will give fruits, which we will be able to appreciate only considering time aspect. History of new Ukraine will be revealing the sense of the Easter sacrifice of Revolution of Dignity, - thinks His Beatitude Sviatoslav.

 UGCC Department of Information






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