Deisis (Novogorod)

Greek and Roman Catholic bishops of Ukraine expressed solidarity and prayerful closeness on the Holodomor Remembrance Day

On November 25, Greek Catholic and Roman Catholic bishops of Ukraine issued an appeal on the occasion of the Holodomor Remembrance Day, in which expressed solidarity and prayerful closeness on these days of nation-wide remembrance and mourning for the victims of the Holodomor in Ukraine.

Appeal

Having gathered in Lviv-Bryukhovychi, we, the Catholic bishops who perform our ministry in Ukraine appeal to all the faithful of our Churches as well as to all compatriots to express our solidarity and prayerful closeness on these days of nation-wide remembrance and mourning for the victims of the Holodomor in Ukraine.

On the day that we remember the tragic events we pray especially for all who have died of starvation so that they become partakers of the Heavenly Table of our Lord.

The ineffable suffering of our people was due to various godless ideologies. Making joint efforts to clean our past, each of us must make a sincere examination of conscience, asking God to forgive the evil that had taken place, and may continue to take place in our lives.

We encourage our clergy and faithful to lift onto God the thanksgiving prayer for daily bread during the Mass. I also thank God for the Eucharistic Bread – the Body of the Risen Christ, through which He feeds our souls. Let us ask the Lord that we had trust and faith in Him, the Creator and Giver of material and spiritual wealth.

Today, as yesterday, many people who live beside us are lacking food and warmth. We urge everyone to proceed with the acts of mercy, showing compassion and active solidarity, especially with people in our society who lack the basic necessities - the poor, orphans, elderly, internally displaced persons, wounded, prisoners and other people in need. We particularly encourage those our compatriots who have enough bread to share with those who lack it.

In a joint prayer for peace in our beloved Homeland, we are calling down the blessing upon the entire Ukrainian nation.

Source:RISU | ugcc.orgua


Teachings of Christ

“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14 ESV)

A LIght to Enlighten

Rejoice, O Mother of God, Virgin full of grace. * From you has risen the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, * shining upon those who are in darkness. * Rejoice also, you righteous Elder; * for you received in your arms the Deliverer of our souls, * Who has given us resurrection. (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.

O Christ God, through Your birth You sanctified the Virgin's womb; * and blessed, as it was proper, the hands of Simeon. * Now, having come, you saved us. * Give peace to Your commonwealth in times of war * and strengthen our civil authorities, whom You have loved, O You who alone loves mankind. (Kontakion, Tone 1)

Random Proverb

"Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest." (Proverbs 6:6-8 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

No one on this earth can avoid affliction; and although the afflictions which the Lord sends are not great men imagine them beyond their strength and are crushed by them. This is because they will not humble their souls and commit themselves to the will of God. But the Lord Himself guides with His grace those who are given over to God's will, and they bear all things with fortitude for the sake of God Whom they have so loved and with Whom they are glorified for ever. It is impossible to escape tribulation in this world but the man who is giver over to the will of God bears tribulation easily, seeing it but putting his trust in the Lord, and so his tribulations pass.

Archimandrite Sophrony