The Head of the UGCC consecrated the Memorial to Heroes of Heavenly Hundred and Defenders of Ukraine's independence in Drogobych

Monday, 27 April 2015, 20:22
On 25th April His Beatitude Sviatoslav concelebrated with Bishop Yaroslav (Pryriz), Grygoriy (Komar), Volodymyr (Viytyshyn), Ken (Nowakowski), Bogdan (Dzyurakh), Borys (Gudziak) and hallowed the memorial sign to the Heroes of Heavenly Hundred and defenders of the independence of Ukraine, constructed on the wall of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Drogobych.

The Head of the UGCC and archbishops in front of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity welcomed young people and clergy of the parish. Thus the Divine service of Great evening began in the church, after which His Beatitude Sviatoslav served a memorial service for the fallen soldiers and hallowed the memorial sign to the Heroes of Heavenly Hundred and defenders of Ukraine's independence.

Addressing the clergy and laity present at this event, His Beaitude said, "One of the signs of our loving God is that He is the God who remembers the man - his favorite creature". If God remembers a man, he lives. According to the Head of the UGCC, this is especially worth remembering when we are in a difficult situation or sad or ask God not to forget about us and stay with us, save us from death and give life.

The greatest evidence of God's remembrance of man is the mystery of the incarnation, suffering and resurrection of the Son of God. Remembering the man who passes through death, God Himself wanted to destroy death by His death, and through His resurrection - make the gift of eternal life.

The preacher added that "creating man in His own image and likeness, God gave him the ability to remember". According to His Eminence, the establishment of the memorial sign on the wall of the Cathedral in Drogobych is important because of its educational role: "This memorial will awaken our memories to be ourselves and to have future in our Mother Ukraine".

Then Bishop Yaroslav, Archbishop of Sambir-Drogobych, thanked His Beatitude Sviatoslav and present bishops for common prayer and hallowing of the memorial sign, which will eternize the memory about Heavenly Hundred heroes and hundreds of other martyrs who gave their lives for the unity and independence of Ukraine.

After completing an evening worship the Evening of Ukrainian Heroes memory took place, with the participation of church choirs, music groups and parish youth.

We have to add that this day His Beatitude Sviatoslav together with the bishops of the Synod of Bishops of the UGCC, which these days is taking place in Drohobych, visited the church of St. George – monument of Galician wooden architecture of the late XV - early XVI century. On the history and iconography of the temple Levko Skop told the Bishops about the art critic.

Then members of the Permanent Synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church visited Drogobych Museum "Prison on Stryiska" which is located in the former torture chambers of the NKVD-MSS-KВB of USSR in Drohobych. Here Bishops prayed the memorial service for the innocent tortured. Thus, the senior research worker of the museum "Drohobych", Maria Holovkevych spoke about the history of Drogobych prison. in which the Soviet authorities tortured the representatives of the Greek Catholic clergy, intellectuals, soldiers of Ukrainian Insurgent Army and ordinary people, which had been put the stamp on - "the enemy of the nation".

Fr. Oleg Chupa,

Press – secretary of Sambir-Drohobych Diocese



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