Search This Blog

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Faith, Hope on Quiet Kyiv Sunday

The church was crowded, and people appeared  emotional on this particular Sunday.  Many said they came to offer thanks, to mourn the dead, and to pray for the future.

A priest read the names of some of the almost 90 people the government says died in police assaults on protesters this week.  He prayed for forgiveness and peace, and for the souls of the dead.  The sermon was about repentance, redemption and final judgment.

The deaths are personal to these priests.  They opened the cathedral to protesters fleeing police assaults, starting in November, and then barricaded the doors to keep security forces out.

And last Wednesday, when the police attacked the protest camp in Independence Square, the priests allowed one side of the church to be used as an emergency clinic.

Volunteers are still there, ready in case the current calm turns out to be temporary.  Valentina Osyka has been doing what she can to help the protesters for nearly two months, but she remembers that first night in the church in particular.  "The pain hit me and I started crying.  A priest came and was surprised to see me crying.  But maybe he was not so surprised because everyone was feeling this pain," she said.

Many in Sunday's congregation shared her feelings, and some brought their children and grandchildren, hoping they will remember what happened this week.

"With our souls and bodies we are for the Maidan movement, and for all those people who want freedom," said Vladmir, a railroad staff trainer.

"We are here for first time with the children.  We are really sorry about what happened.  Oh my God, the protesters are just so great," Yulia said.

Ukrainians appear to have changed their country's future this week.  But for many, Sunday was a day to put politics aside.  Worship is about faith and hope, and never more so than on this Sunday in Kyiv.



1915 Armenian Genocide 21st-century Christian martyrs‎ africa al assad Al Qaeda albania anti-Morsi protests Apostles Arab Christian Arab-Orthodox Archimandrite Tikhon Shevkunov army Asia Australia bank BBC Belarusian Orthodox Church Bethlehem bible Bible movies bible translations bulgaria Bulgarian Orthodox Church Byzantine byzantine music C.I.A. Cairo China Christian Armenians christianity christians christmas Christmas Traditions Christmas tree church Conspiracy Constantinople coptic church copts cyprus daily news Documentary Easter economy Ecumenical Patriarch Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople egypt egypt pope elder Elder Ephraim of Vatopaidi elder joseph of vatopaidi elder Paisios Elder Porphyrios english subtitles Epiphany europe food Fr Seraphim Rose france FREE books FREE Greetings Cards fyrmacedonia Georgian Orthodox Church germany greece greek greek food greek music Greek Orthodox Church Greek Orthodox Easter greek orthodoxy health and medicine Holy Fathers Holy Scripture Holy Tradition icon Internet Interview iran islam islamist israel Italy jerusalem Jesus Christ jews jihad killed libya mafia Middle East Miraculous Icon monastery money mother of god mount athos Mount Sinai Movie Trailers music muslim muslims news orthodox church Orthodox Church in America pakistan Palestine patristic tradition photo photos picture politics pope Prophecy protests quotes recipes religion romania romanian orthodox church Russia Russian Orthodox Church saint Saints science Shroud of Turin Son of God spy St Nicholas of Myra syria The Mount Athos Food Evolution theotokos travel turkey tv UK Ukraine Ukrainian Orthodox Church usa Vatican vatopaidi video war Watch FREE full movie world
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...