risu.org.ua - Recently, Bishop Stepan Meniok, Donetsk Exarch of the UGCC, with the blessing of His Beatitude Sviatoslav, head of the UGCC, visited Avdiyivka with a team of CF Caritas, where previously the households suffered severe damages from shelling in the old part of the city.

Accompanied by CIMIC servicemen, they carried out the initial assessment of the needs to restore damaged households, food provision and health care.

The Bishop visited Mariyinka where he talked to the pupils of the local Children and Youth Creativity Center.

Here are some thoughts and impressions that Bishop Stepan shared after this visit.

“I had an impression, when roaming amidst these empty destroyed buildings, that it is a biological war. When people are poisoned and die, and only accommodation and things remain. Walking along an empty street, I met the poor and homeless animals. A cat came up to me, who was looking for his owners. I was returning with a lousy mood and burden on my heart.

In Maryiynka I visited the local creativity center for young people and children. The even arranged a small performance for me there.

Speaking about the victims, I have heard many complaints. People came to me to complain about the military who accommodated in their homes and the authorities ... And there is the front-line line, our military are forced to live in the houses of locals.

CF "Caritas" continues its active operation within the city, the city authorities are supporting them.

People live under the constant psychological stress. Imagine they go to bed every night with the idea that the shell may hit their home.

One woman, seeing that I belong to holy orders, said to me: “I would like to die quietly and that is all.” And I told her that, “Well, okay. What the young people should do?”

Anyone, if told to live under shelling, would have felt a change in his body; he would hate such a life. Just imagine, people constantly live under such pressure. Therefore, it is likely that over time they will have a shift in their mind.

Everywhere the military government operates because of mistrust to civilians. "

It was reported by the press service of the Donetsk Exarchate of the UGCC.


Teachings of Christ

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’" (Matthew 7:21-23 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 woman Folly is loud; she is seductive and knows nothing." (Proverbs 9:13 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Adam, before the fall ... participated in ... divine illumination and resplendence, and because he was truly clothed in a garment of glory he was not naked, nor was he unseemly by reason of his nakedness. He was far more richly adorned than those who now deck themselves out with diadems of gold and brightly sparkling jewels. St. Paul calls this divine illumination and grace our celestial dwelling when he says, 'For this we sigh, yearning to be clothed in our heavenly habitation, since clothed we will not be found naked' (2 Cor. 5:2).

St. Gregory Palamas (Topics of Natural and Theological Science no. 67, The Philokalia Vol. 4 edited by Palmer, Sherrard and Ware; Faber and Faber pg. 377)