Our Church in Donetsk and Luhansk is experiencing a time of martyrdom

August 18, 2014

During the Second Pilgrimage to the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Resurrection on August 17, Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk urged participants to pray and support the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church because it is now experiencing a martyrdom in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

"Today our Church in Donetsk and Luhansk is experiencing a martyrdom and it needs our prayer and support," said Patriarch Sviatoslav.

After the service, the Patriarch blessed the icon of Jesus Christ Almighty specially for Donetsk. "This icon represents God's blessing on this long-suffering city which today sheds blood. May the Lord hear our prayers and pleas for peace and stop the bloodshed," prayed the Patriarch.

Information department of the UGCC

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