O Lord, Great and Almighty One, protect our beloved Ukraine, - The Head of the UGCC congratulated Ukrainians on Independence Day

Wednesday, 24 August 2022, 17:48
The Father and Head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, His Beatitude Sviatoslav, congratulated Ukrainians on the Independence Day of Ukraine.


“Let me sincerely congratulate all of you on a special day in the life of our state and Ukrainian people – on the Independence Day of the Catholic State of Ukraine,” said His Beatitude Sviatoslav in his special video message.

“From here, from the shores of our grey-headed Dnipro River - said the Primate - from the heart of our Motherland, the golden top of Kyiv, we congratulate each other on this holiday and send our prayers of gratitude to God. We thank for the gift of freedom, for the fact that six months after the beginning of full-scale Russia's military aggression against Ukraine – Ukraine is standing, Ukraine is fighting, and our Kyiv is celebrating a holiday.”

On this day, we thank the Lord for the gift of freedom, the gift that our predecessors asked for and were fighting for.

“How many generations of Ukrainians laid down their lives on the altar of the Motherland, begging and choosing the gift of an independent state? Today we especially thank our defenders, soldiers, and military personnel who, faithfully defending our Motherland, provide us with peace and freedom here in our capital,” the spiritual leader pointed out.

His Beatitude Sviatoslav added that we also thank all those who support independent Ukraine and who stand in solidarity with us in the struggle.

“Today we ask: God, bless Ukraine! God, bless our people! God, heal the wounds of all those who have suffered from the war! God, grant victory to Ukraine! God, great, and almighty, protect Ukraine for us!” asked the Head of the Church.

The UGCC Department for Information


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