Christian Organizations Call on Ukrainians to Conduct National Prayer on January 22
A number of Christian organizations addressed Ukrainians with a call to conduct a joint national prayer at 2 p.m., on January 22, at the main squares of the towns and villages of Ukraine.
The organizers hope that thanks to the joint prayer, that day will become also the feast of the spiritual unification of Ukrainians. "Prayer for Ukraine is a Prayer for the Ukrainian Nation, the souls of all the residents of Rus'-Ukraine of all times, for the 'dead and living and unborn fellow-countrymen in Ukraine and outside Ukraine..,' for all those 'innocently killed' (as inscribed on the graves), tortured to death, sacrificed, for all those who, as Lina Kostenko said, 'hold the last line of defense,' when the 'living' cannot endure any more and surrender to the mercy of the invaders. Let us remember them all, 'our great forefathers' and let us duly respect those who lived and acted according of the Commandments of God as 'there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s brother,'" reads the address.
The representatives of the Christian organizations ask all the religious and secular communities to join the event. They call on the people, who cannot go out to the squares for serious reasons, to pray at home, in hospitals, and so on, at that time.
The organizers sent the address to all the eparchies of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate, Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate, Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, and Roman Catholic Church in Ukraine, as well as state structures, administrations, regional councils, and departments of education. The address was also sent to Ukraine’s President, Prime Minster and Speaker.
The address was signed by the heads of the public organization Christian Ukraine, Center of Christian Cooperation, public organization Union of Christian Revival, public organization Sknyliv Tragedy, public organization Ukrainian Cause, Association of the Christian Revival, public organization Freedom Space, Christian Pilgrimage Center Pilgrim, Patriotic Foundation of Bahazii-Pushkar family, public organization Organization of Ukraine’s patriots, Spiritual Axis Publishers, Association of Catholic Doctors.