Ukrainian Greek-Catholic bishops urge faithful to fast and to pray for peace in Ukraine
June 25, 2014
In the “Appeal to the faithful and all people of goodwill” the Most Reverend Bishops provide clear practical directives regarding the continuation of “this spiritual deed”.
The bishops commission parishes, monasteries, and seminaries to hold continuous round-the-clock prayers. They ask all faithful everyday at 9 pm to participate in the joint prayer for Ukraine. On Monday: for the successful service of the President, the government, and Parliament; on Tuesday: for our enemies, for the conversion of those who persecute and attack us; on Wednesday: for the Ukrainian Military; on Thursday: for law enforcement agencies; on Friday: for those wounded, in captivity, the refugees and their families; on Saturday: for the dead, especially the perished soldiers and all innocently killed; on Sunday: for unity and independence of Ukraine.
Also Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church announced an uninterrupted strict fast scheduled as follows: on Monday: Kyiv Archeparchy, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Odesa, and Crimea Exarchates; on Tuesday: Lviv Archeparchy, Stryi Eparchy; on Wednesday: Ivano-Frankivsk Archeparchy, Kolomyia-Chernivtsi Eparchies; on Thursday: Ternopil Archeparchy, Buchach Eparchy, Sambir-Drohobych Eparchy; on Friday: Sokal-Zhovkva Eparchy; Lutsk Exarchate. At the end of every Liturgy, the bishops direct to sing the prayer: “Oh, God, Great and Only…”, ”Боже Великий Єдиний.”
In facing the new dangers, the Ukrainian people should unite “in their readiness to safeguard the Motherland, to defend its independence and the right of every citizen to live in a free, democratic, and European nation.”
UGCC Department of Information