The Resurrection Of Christ
On Good Friday, April 14, Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) has appealed to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and the President of the Russian Federation (RF) Vladimir Putin to cease hostilities in the Donbas during the Easter holidays. This was reported by the press service of the UOC.
“The Holy days of Holy week Holy Great Lent, when we, as Orthodox Christians, remember and celebrate the suffering and the redemptive feat of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and prepare to celebrate the Great Day of Christ’s Resurrection, we appeal to our Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin to influence the situation which developed today in Donbass, and to do everything to stop shooting during the Celebration of Easter and during Bright week following,” said his Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry.
Also, according to the press service of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) during the sermon to the faithful on good Friday during the billing of the shroud, the Father and Head of UGCC, Patriarch Sviatoslav explained the essence of today’s terrible war, which does not want to stop the Ukrainian government and the neighboring “brotherly” state.
“The sacrifice of our soldiers, the wailing and weeping of our mothers, pain and wounds our children have Easter. This moment in Ukraine’s history just becomes a turning point in our Ukrainian history”, – said the Patriarch, explaining that the Ukrainian military is now like Christ, because deliberately give himself as a sacrifice for his people.
“God wanted to become the Paschal sacrifice to absorb all the evil, all the sin of this world and in my body at the moment of death on the cross it is evil to win and destroy. So today the cross of the instruments of torture and death became a sign and banner of victory. God wanted to die on the cross, God wanted to sacrifice himself for the salvation of man… a Very similar question today puts the world on Ukraine. Ask: what is happening today in Ukraine? And today we say to the world that Ukraine is a victim, a victim of unjust aggression,” – said the head of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church.
According to him, “Ukraine crucify the Son of God.”
“We ask ourselves today: God, where You are, when we kill? Where You are when our mothers every day of the dead take his sons and put them in coffins? God, where You are, when we see crippled children, when we see broken lives of millions? I think that killing Ukraine, and meet the son of God himself, who today, once again, perhaps along with us and sacrifices himself. When you ask us today, what is happening in our land, we say that in Ukraine and with Ukraine crucify the Son of God,” – with such words appealed his Beatitude Sviatoslav to the laity on Good Friday.
But the crucifixion of Christ, stresses the spiritual leader of Greek Catholics, His death in the body of our Ukraine is not the end – “today’s Easter Friday tomorrow Ukraine necessarily will change at Easter day, resurrection and joy. We believe in his crucifixion our pain, our sorrow will turn into joy of the resurrection.”
“And with the cross and the cross will be resurrected Ukrainian hope, will rise the joy of Ukraine rise Ukraine”, – assured the Head of the UGCC.
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