The Head of the UGCC: to the anniversary of the Revolution of dignity in Kyiv for the worship will be displayed the relics of St. John Paul II

Thursday, 20 November 2014, 21:08
On 21 November at 10 p.m. on the first anniversary of the Revolution of dignity in the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ the Night Vigil will begin, during which the relics of St.John Paul II will be put to a public veneration.

As the Father and the Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, His Beatitude Sviatoslav told in his video blog on "Zhyve TV", the relics of the Saint specially for the occasion will arrive in Kyiv.

The Pontiff recalled that on November 21 Christians celebrate the feast of St.Michael the Archangel. He said that St.Michael is the saint patron of Kyiv, but in the history of independent Ukraine it is forever tied with the struggle. The struggle between good and evil. The struggle for a better future of Ukraine. And this is the day to remember the first anniversary of the Revolution of dignity.

His Beatitude Sviatoslav remarked that different participators of the revolutinary events will remember what happened during this year. And Ukrainian Greek Catholics will pray. "Celebrating the anniversary of the Maidan, we will experience the Night Vigil. Because as people stood on the Maidan before God, struggling with evil, so we want to stand all together in the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ before the face of God and with His presence to remember all that we have experienced, glorious and tragic moments of the year"- marked the Head of the Church.

His Beatitude Sviatoslav explained why the relics of St.Pope John Paul II will be displayed to  the anniversary of the Maidan: "Pope John Paul II entered into the history of mankind as the great humanist of the twentieth century. Today he is the angel of peace for Ukraine. We know that with him is associated the fall of the Berlin Wall, with him is associated the fall of the communism in Eastern Europe. I think, that everyone remembers a time when Polish society began to rise to fight communist totalitarianism. This struggle lasted nine years. John Paul II during that time each day lighted the candle in his window, praying for the Maidan, which then was started by the Polish "Solidarity". He is the Pope, who arrived in Ukraine. Visited our people, touched our wounds, bowed our martyrs. He put his foot onto the ground, which historians call the bloody ground. To show that there is the land that should be a new hope for the people and all mankind".

"Therefore, - said the Archbishop, - we will honour and ponder on how to build peace in our independent Ukraine, how to oppose war, how to build a free and independent Ukraine".

"Let's come together to celebrate the anniversary of the Maidan and as Christians to rethink everything that we have experienced and got to know this year"- called the Head of the UGCC.

UGCC Department of  Information


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