Head of the UGCC thanks priests for their readiness to stand together with their people amidst the pandemic
On the occasion of the Day of the Establishment of the Holy Sacrament of the Priesthood, Patriarch Svyatoslav thanked the priests for "pastoral fervor for human souls in the circumstances of great universal pain and general anxiety, for their willingness to be close to their people and to "lay their soul for their sheep." This is stated in the Pastoral Epistle to the Clergy of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church on Holy Thursday.
He also thanked those priests who recorded the video address to our faithful under the slogan: "We stand with you!"
I am pleased that you are longing for live communication with your people and are looking for all possible ways to be with them and allow them to feel your support and prayer,” His Beatitude Sviatoslav writes.
In his message, the Head of the UGCC also mentioned the military and medical chaplains: “It is with special gratitude that I recall today those of our pastors who are entrusted with their ministry in the leading positions of modern Ukrainian frontlines - medical and military chaplains. I am confident that these new circumstances will allow our people to know and love their Church better, and through your ministry, trust in the Lord God more deeply. "
The first hierarch was optimistic: “We will surely come out of forced self-isolation and return and bring others back to the normal rhythm of our church life and ministry! It is the Lord who gives us the light of hope that we will be able to overcome the wounds of the epidemic together. We may not yet be fully aware of all the economic or socio-political difficulties that await us all. But nobody can deprive us of the joy of Resurrection."