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30 September 2021

Day of Remembrance of the Holy Martyrs Faith, Hope, Love and Their Mother Sophia

September 30 is the day of remembrance of the holy martyrs Vira, Nadiya, Liubov (Faith, Hope, Love) and their mother Sophia, who lived in Rome and suffered for Christ in the second century.

“Sophia” is translated from Greek as “wisdom”. Saint Sophia sought to instil in her daughters such moral guidelines that would help them in any life situation. She even gave them their names in honour of the main Christian virtues.

Faith is the foundation of our entire life. That is what fills it with content and meaning, sense.

Hope gives us strength to go forward and improve. You cannot build a bright future without it.

Love and its fruits are all the best and most beautiful things that surrounds us in this life. The acquisition of love is the pinnacle of spiritual perfection.

We all have a lot to learn from the wise mother – Saint Sophia.

A healthy and prosperous life both for a single family and for the whole society can only be built on a solid foundation of our centuries-old moral values.
21 September 2021

Congratulations on the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God!

I wholeheartedly congratulate you, dear brothers and sisters, on the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos – the first of the Twelve Great Feasts in the new church year!

Feasts in honour of the Most Holy Theotokos sparkle with special joy. In them, the joy that we are loved by God is combined with the joy that we ourselves can respond to His love with all sincerity.

An ideal example and unattainable height of such divine-human relations is the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Her love for the Creator was so holy, great, unconditional and selfless. Her soul was so reverent, pure and beautiful that only She could become the Mother of God.

Today we are celebrating Her Birthday.

She came to this world as a gift from God to righteous elderly parents – Saints Joachim and Anne – who had already despaired of ever having children. She was born as the crown of the spiritual labours of many generations: men and women, saints and sinners – all those who dedicated themselves to the centuries-old struggle for the happiness of being free from the bondage of sin and death.
12 September 2021

Congratulations on the Memory Day of the Holy Blessed Prince Alexander Nevsky!

There are figures in history who left a memory that is indestructible by time. Prince Alexander Yaroslavich, who went down in history as Alexander Nevsky, became one of such personalities who appeared at a challenging time, in the bloody years of trials that fell to the lot of Rus’. One of the iconic figures in medieval history, the scale of which went beyond the borders of Rus’. Four times elected Prince of Novgorod, Grand Prince of Vladimir, for 14 years – Grand Prince of Kyiv, a commander who did not lose a single battle, a skilful diplomat who maintained relations with European monarchs and with Khan of the Golden Horde, a man who saved Rus’ from the final ruin caused by the Mongol-Tatars, and from enslavement by the crusaders, a sincerely religious person who proved his allegiance to the Church. And all this is during 42 years that the Lord gave him for earthly life! For his merits, Alexander was canonized in the 16th century and our Church glorified him as a Saint. Today the Orthodox Church celebrates the memory of the Holy Blessed Prince Alexander Nevsky. It is especially important that 2021 is the year of the 800th anniversary of the Prince’s birthday.
28 August 2021

Happy Dormition Day!

Dear friends, dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

I congratulate you on the great feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos!

This is the day our people love especially. From time immemorial, our main temples and monasteries were consecrated precisely in honour of this magnificent event. All three of our Lavras are the Dormition Lavras, the oldest of which is Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra. The mistress of this place is the God’s Mother. According to the legend, She herself asked for it from Her Son and God for Her own inheritance. The Mother of God is our common Heavenly patroness. Our model, our joy, protection and consolation.

We, ordinary sinful people, so much want to live according to understandable rules, according to verified algorithms and plans, when everything seems extremely clear, when it is not dangerous, and not scary.

However, if one person or all of humanity is faced with an action of the plan of God Himself, our “sophisticated” constructions immediately begin to look like funny children’s crib notes, like drawings in the sand, which are easily erased by the wave of the surf.

Confused by such a change, some people loose balance and fall, and others find an opportunity revealed in the new reality, revealed to them or to the whole people, or even to all humankind. An opportunity to go forward, grow and develop in accordance with God’s Providence.

17 August 2021

Seventh Anniversary of the Enthronement of His Beatitude Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine Onufriy

Today, the entire Ukrainian Orthodox Church is prayerfully celebrating the seventh anniversary of the enthronement of His Beatitude Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine Onufriy.

On this day, I want to extend my most cordial congratulations to our dear Primate, the Archpastor, our Grace and Father!

This is how His Beatitude is called by millions of faithful children of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. These words are backed by life experiences of people.

Our Primate is always at the head, always in sight. He is the spiritual leader of his people who humbly accepted full responsibility for them before God and who stands, like a firm rock, in the midst of the ocean of this world raging with passions.

As the Archpastor, he confidently and fearlessly leads his flock to salvation, keeping them faithful to Christ’s teachings and church canons.

Thanks to his archpastoral prayers, his firmness and persistent standing for the Truth, our holy Ukrainian Orthodox Church has never strayed from the patristic heritage despite all desperate attempts to seduce it from the true path.
28 July 2021

Happy Christianization of Rus Day!

I sincerely congratulate all of you, dear friends, on the Day of Remembrance of the Equal-to-the-Apostles Prince Volodymyr, on the Day of the Baptism of Rus!

Traditionally, this bright celebration attended by many people begins the day before, with a thanksgiving prayer service at the foot of the monument to the Holy Baptizer of our people on Volodymyrska Hill, over the waters of the Dnieper River – our common baptismal font.

The pinnacle event in the framework of the Feast is the Great All-Ukrainian Religious Procession (the Procession of the Cross) to the spiritual heart of our Motherland – the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra to participate in the festive conciliar divine service.

It is always a great joy of common prayer, in which the faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church from all parts of our country take part.

According to preliminary estimates, more than 350,000 people took part in the Procession of the Cross this year.

By the tablets carried by the believers one could trace the entire geography of Ukraine, could see the true face of our people – beautiful, spiritualized, and kind.