risu.org.ua - It is obvious that in our movement to Europe, we need something to bring to Europe. Ukraine will be of interest for European civilization if it retains its identity, if it comes as a poor supplicant but as a nation with own rich culture and rich spiritual legacy. In fact, we have something to say to the world and to share with it.

His Beatitude Sviatoslav was reported as saying this in his interview to the American edition “Ukrainian People,” when answering the question whether the European integration should become a major and unchanging foreign policy priority for Ukraine.

The Patriarch of the UGCC said that de facto, the events on the Maidan, the Revolution of Dignity were distinct evidence of European values. “Today, very often it turns out that Europe has forgotten its roots. It is hard to believe that a European is able to sacrifice his life for the ‘European values’, while Ukraine daily sacrifices its best sons and daughters,” said the patriarch.

He reminded that Ukraine had made its choice in favor of the European family of nations as early as in the time of Prince Volodymyr, having adopted Christianity. “I would not juxtapose two realities: the establishment of its independence, and thus, for example, our civilization movement in the European family of nations. These are two stages of the process. We can remain a free and independent country and confront the threat of assimilation in the East only when we become a truly valuable member of the family of European nations,” the Patriarch said.

He cited an example: “The Russian state leaders denied the existence of the Ukrainian nation as such, its culture, identity, and thus denied its right to exist as a separate state. If Ukraine and we as a nation will be absorbed by this community, this Eurasian space, we risk disappearing as a people, as a nation, as a culture.”

In the interview, His Beatitude Sviatoslav also said that before the Revolution of Dignity representatives of all churches and religious organizations in Ukraine, including the Moscow Patriarchate, had signed a letter of appeal regarding the European aspirations of the Ukrainian people. It was reported by the Information Department of the UGCC.

Teachings of Christ

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’" (John 7:37-38 ESV)

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (Troparion - Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.

Random Proverb

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

If you want, or rather intend, to take a splinter out of another person, then do not hack at it with a stick instead of a lancet, for you will only drive it in deeper. And this is a stick – rude speech and rough gestures. And this is a lancet – tempered instruction and patient reprimand. “Reprove,” says the Apostle, “rebuke, exhort,” but he did not say “beat” (2 Timothy 4:2). And if even this is required, do it rarely, and not with your own hand.

St. John Climacus, “The Ladder of Divine Ascent", Step 8, On Freedom From Anger and On Meekness