EASTER MESSAGE from Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine Philaret

To the Most Reverend Archpastors, God-loving Pastors, and All the Faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate


Dear Brothers and Sisters! Christ Is Risen!

The resurrection of Christ radically changed the destiny of mankind and in particular the destiny of each of us. Instead of death and suffering, it gave us life and bliss. This year we celebrate the resurrection of Christ in the context of the coronavirus. In suffering, man often turns to God for help and repents of his sins. Jesus Christ also suffered for our salvation but was resurrected after suffering and death. So in our lives after suffering there is joy. Although the Lord punishes sins, He also has mercy. By His resurrection, Christ gives us the strength to fight against sin and resurrects our souls. Faith in the resurrection of the dead inspires us to selflessly serve God and the Church, our people and Ukraine in the name of love for Christ the Savior and man.

On these joyful Easter days, I greet you, Most Reverend Archpastors, God- loving Shepherds, honest monks, beloved brothers and sisters, on the feast of the Resurrection of Christ. Congratulations on Easter to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian Government, our glorious defenders - the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who do not spare their lives for the love of their homeland. Congratulations on our greatest Christian holiday to all the Ukrainian people and all Ukrainians who are outside Ukraine - in Europe, America and Canada, Latin America and Australia, on all continents, but love Ukraine and help it.

I pray that the Risen Christ will strengthen us mentally and physically and give us gracious help to do good deeds. Let no one and nothing overshadow our spiritual joy. We pray and implore the Risen Christ to give us a peaceful, calm and prosperous life. He is honored and worshiped forever and ever. Amen.


Truly Christ is Risen!

Philaret

Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine

2021


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