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Prayers for the suffering Ukraine

Today, March 13, the first Sunday During Lent, the parish of St. Nicholas Cathedral, together with all the faithful of the Vicariate of the UOC-Kyiv Patriarchate in the United States and Canada, offered sincere prayers for the suffering Ukraine, which is bleeding from the martyrs of the 21st century. Honorary Consul of Ukraine in Philadelphia Iryna Mazur prayed with us today.

After the Divine Liturgy there was a procession with holy icons around the cathedral, as a symbol of our steadfastness in the struggle for a free Ukraine.

During the service, we received information about another brutal terrorist act of the Russian occupiers in the Lviv region, where the bombing by occupation ships from the Black Sea killed 35 people and injured 134 others.

We pray for all the victims of racists in Ukraine, as well as for those who continue to fight at every checkpoint in all directions, where the attacks of the occupiers are repulsed. We stand with all our brothers and sisters who rescue the wounded, volunteer, raise the fighting spirit, and bury children in basements and bomb shelters and bury their dead at the entrances of their own homes.

We, Ukrainians of the diaspora, are convinced that Ukraine will survive, that Ukraine will win and recover from the ashes of war. And the fact that there is a war is not a reason to turn a blind eye to disturbing inadequate things. On the contrary, right now we can't afford halftones. You are either for Ukraine or against it.

As in war, you are either a winner or a loser. This is not yet the case - and the war will not end. If they try to sell us the "end of the war" instead of winning it, we will never agree. Terrorists must be punished.

Vicar Bishop Luke is raising funds to help Ukraine! All monies received will be used for food, clothes, amenities and medical supplies for the Ukrainian people.


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