Archbishop Daniel Participates in the Delegation of the Assembly of Bishops for the National Prayer Vigil for Life in Washington, DC
Ukrainian Orthodox Christians from across the country joined thousands of other Americans in demonstrating their pro-life convictions during the annual March for Life January 23-24, 2020 in Washington, D.C.
Joining the Orthodox hierarchs and Christians from across the country, Archbishop Daniel, who was among the marchers and led the representatives of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, said: “Year after year, we march with thousands of other pro-life Americans. And every year I long for the day when we won’t have to do so. I pray for the day when the most vulnerable are protected and women and children, born and unborn, are valued such that marching for life will seem as unnecessary as marching for gravity.”
The March for Life has been held every year since 1974, one year after the Supreme Court legalized abortion throughout the country in the Roe v. Wade decision Jan. 22, 1973.
Seminarians of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary (Subdeacon Mykola Zomchak, Subdeacon Yaroslav Bilohan, Subdeacon Myroslav Mykytyuk, Seminarians Andrii Vatrych and Maksym Zhuravchyk) joined the archbishop at the Basilica on the campus of the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, during which some 20,000 people of various age and ethnicity gathered for prayer vigil.
Following the conclusion of the service, Archbishop Daniel lead a walking tour of the Campus of the Catholic University of America for the students of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary of the UOC of the USA.
Moreover, in the evning hours of the day, the delegation of the UOC of the USA traveled to Union Station in Washington, DC in order to visit the national historic monument dedicated to the victims of Geneocidal Famine in Ukraine.