His Beatitude Sviatoslav, appeal for continuous prayer for peace and better future for Ukraine
January 1, 2014
Considering the social-political situation in Ukraine, I appeal to all the faithful of the Church and to people of good will to uninterrupted prayer for a better fate for our nation. Please pray that God grants His wisdom to our people in general and to every citizen in particular. Let us pray that He would not permit the chains of evil, but through His peace and wisdom free our people from all things that enslave them, and afterwards lay open for them a road into the future.
I invite clergy, monastic orders, and all the laity to join in all-Ukrainian prayer. Come to a church, whenever you can - whatever time of day or night - and let us pray to Almighty God for a better future for the Ukrainian people!
I repeat once more, I ask that at all of our monasteries and parishes, especially in Kyiv, there should be organize places where those who need assistance and spiritual support can receive it, and the places where people can warm up rest and restore their physical and spiritual strength.
Today all our churches in Kyiv are open for the needy and in them there is a continuous prayer vigils. Prayer and acts of mercy - these are the two commandments of love that we should fulfill today, so that Almighty God grant us a peaceful resolution of this complex situation in which Ukraine finds itself right now.
I ask all UGCC faithful who come to Kyiv to express their opinion in a peaceful manner on the Maidan, to come to our churches in Kyiv, and to join in the all-nation prayer vigil.
May God bless all of you!