Next Sunday will begin its March all-Ukrainian procession of peace, love and prayers for Ukraine. The participants will travel to Kiev with Eastern and Western parts of the country.
As described in the outreach Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP), the procession will depart July 3, from Holy Dormition Svyatogorsk Lavra (Donetsk region), and on July 9 it will begin in Western Ukraine – Pochayiv Lavra (Ternopil region). Both marches will end at the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra on July 27 – the eve of the anniversary of the baptism of Rus.
“With deep sorrow in our hearts we all are now experiencing a new tragedy in the East of Ukraine continued armed conflict, to shed the innocent blood of our countrymen. The most that can make our Church, is to call for peace and to strengthen the prayer for the sending down of the world our Ukrainian land, we do so from the beginning of the armed conflict. But despite the peacekeeping mission of our Church, trying to make it hostile to the Ukrainian society. Today on the peaceful territory of Ukraine inflames sectarian war, there are various provocations aimed against the clergy and believers in particular, and against the Ukrainian Orthodox Church as a whole. Nevertheless, we are some cases when the unifying power of prayer worked wonders”, – quotes RIA “news” the appeal of the Primate of the UOC Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine Onufriy on the occasion of the event.
He urged all the faithful of the Ukrainian Church to take an active part in the procession. The Metropolitan also noted the need to strengthen the prayer in order “to stop the flow of maternal tears, that children do not become orphans, wives widows, to young people from becoming disabled and to Ukrainian cities and villages “was not destroyed, and abandoned.”
“The Orthodox Church has always advocated such a force that unites all people”, – emphasized in the appeal of the head of the UOC-MP.