Head of the UGCC: If we forget about the genocide, it may happen again
"Today Ukraine remembers and prays. It remembers millions of innocent victims of famine in one of the most fertile lands in the world,” said Primate of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Patriarch Sviatoslav during the official events attended by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyukon the Day of Remembrance of HolodomorVictims - Ukrainian Genocide of 1932-1933, which is traditionally marked on the fourth Saturday of November.
Bishop Bohdan (Dziurakh), Secretary of the Synod of Bishops took part onbehalf of the UGCC in remembrance of the innocent victims of the famine.
The Major Archbishop recalled that “while millions of people were crying out to God for justice in the land there were a few to speak out”.Almost the only one was the voice of God’s servant Metropolitan AndriySheptytsky, who, along with Ukrainian hierarchy wrote a famous letter titled “Ukraine in its death convulsions”.
“Today we have to remember,argues Head of Church, “keep and develop our memory so that the names of everyone who was deprived of life in this manner would not disappear from the book memory of our people. We have to remember for the sake of our present, so thatnow this winter nobody in Ukraine suffered from hunger. We have to remember for the sake of our our future, because if we forget about the genocide, it may happen again”.
He stated that the Church and the faithful pray today. “We pray for everyone: children, women, old men, thecolor of the Ukrainian nation, who were denied their right to live so that God received them in HisFatherly arms. We pray to the Lord God hath delivered us from all sin, hatred and murder,” said the patriarch.
After honoring victims of genocide the nationwide campaign “Light a Candle”started, as reports the Information Department of the UGCC.