The Head of the UGCC at the funeral of Bishop Milan Shashik: "He was a worthy successor of the apostles"

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 16:49
On July 20, 2020, Father and Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church His Beatitude Sviatoslav took part in the funeral of Bishop Milan Shashik, the ruling bishop of the Greek Catholic Eparchy of Mukachevo. The bishops of the Synod of Bishops of the UGCC came to the funeral together with the Primate.

"We have come here to pay our last respects to the newly reposed Bishop Milan," said His Beatitude Sviatoslav. "Today we are sad because we have not been able to complete so many joint plans.  But when we look at his figure, we see a worthy successor of the apostles.  And the content, the central idea of ​​his apostolic sermon was the testimony that Christ is truly risen."

 The Head of the Church noted that anyone who knew Bishop Milan at least a little, knew his deep spirituality and optimism.

“Today we want to thank Bishop Milan for all the moments of cooperation between the Eparchy of Mukachevo and the Synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.  Today we thank him for taking such an active part in the work of our Synod.  Thank you for being with us the voice of the Ukrainian people before the mighty of this world, before the whole world community about the pains and sufferings of Ukraine," the Head of the Church said.

 According to him, Bishop Milan is remembered today in the UGCC as someone who tirelessly cared for the Ukrainian people to grow in faith and care for their state on the basis of Christian morality.

 "Today we miss you, brother Milan, but we are handing you over to the Risen One, whom you loved, whom you preached, whom you witnessed with all your life and death," said His Beatitude Sviatoslav.

 On behalf of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, the Head of the Church addressed words of sincere condolences and unity in prayer to the Mukachevo Eparchy.  "As Greek Catholics, we have a common history of suffering and persecution.  We have a common history of the resurrected Church here in our native lands.  We have a joint mission as Greek Catholics of Ukraine, which we still have to fulfill together," the Primate said.

 "May Bishop Milan be our intercessor in heaven, so that each of us may fulfill his calling in this life- to be a witness to the Risen Christ," His Beatitude Sviatoslav finally wished.


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