The Head of the UGCC: "The Word of God tells us today that evil is defeated"

Monday, 24 November 2014, 15:48
"Perhaps we do not have a sense of victory today. The memories of those days cause pain, bitterness, feeling of incompleteness of the deal that began a year ago. But now the word of God tells us that evil is defeated",- said the Father and the Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church His Beatitude Sviatoslav during the Night Vigils in the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ on the first anniversary of the Revolution of dignity.

The evil is defeated, although final victory of it will be revealed only at the end of the human history. But anyone who fights against evil gets to help the host of heaven, Archangel Michael, angels and archangels"- assured the Preacher.

And as long, convinced the Head of the Church, we are on the side of good - we are invincible. So a year ago we began our victory that we have to accomplish together".

His Beatitude Sviatoslav spoke about the events of a year ago. He remembered that a year ago started the event that will go into history as the Revolution of dignity. "Looking at the face of God - says the Head of the Church - we want to remember a young Ukraine, boys and girls, whose blood was shed on Maidan. We want to remember how they woke up Ukraine by their example.  After that brutal force hundreds of thousands of people came to witness the dignity of the human person - to show that the Ukrainians never put up with evil, falsehood, violence, corruption, the fact that someone is trying to steal our freedom, independence and our Ukrainian state. We would like to recall how the church become the core of love and respect. As the Patriarchal Cathedral turned into father's home, where was opened the so-called "patriarchal Kryyivka" where thousands of people have taken the refuge".

He noted that on 21 November is also a special moment for the Eastern Rite Christians, because on this day we celebrate the memory of Archangel Michael and the Convocation of fair heavenly bodiless powers. This feast in the Christian sense - Victory Day. "We know that our soldiers who take part in the ATO, look for the icon of Archangel Michael, and feel that the sky is fighting for us, for those who are in truth" - considers the Archbishop.

In the Patriarchal Cathedral on that day they prayed for all those who have suffered this year. "Especially we recall the heroes of Heavenly Hundred and all those who gave their lives for the independence of Ukraine at Donbass. We pray for all those who are ready to make a clean sacrifice of their lives for the better brighter Christian future of Ukraine. Today we especially pray for the wounded, those who have on their body wounds of victory of good. For those who have lost their loved ones in the captivity ..."- said the Preacher.

The Head of the UGCC remarked that all the agreements, contracts, guaranteeing our state security, territorial integrity, in no time became invalid, "because our allies do not have the courage to fulfill these agreements". "It turned out that the only immutable ally of Ukrainian people is our God. And He is faithful. The word of the faithfulness of God to His covenant with man, the word of faith of God to every Christian, included in this covenant is the key of all Scripture. And today, on the anniversary of the beginning of a new history of our country, we thank God for His faithfulness, "- said His Beatitude Sviatoslav.

  UGCC Department of Information

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