Primates of the UGCC and OCU jointly held a memorial service for Holodomor victims

28.11.2020, 18:36
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On November 28, the Head of the UGCC, Patriarch Sviatoslav, and the Primate of the OCU, Metropolitan Epifaniy, collegially held a memorial service for the victims of the Holodomor - Genocide of the Ukrainian People. The memorial service was held in Kyiv on the territory of the National Holodomor-Genocide Museum, near the memorial sign "Candle of Memory".

This is reported by the Information Department of the UGCC.

At the end of the prayer, the recording was played with the words of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who noted that every year on the last Saturday of November, a terrible guest comes to our hearts – this is a memory of the crimes that took the lives of millions of Ukrainians.

"We pay tribute to our ancestors and remember the black pages of the history of our people. How can one even think of destroying the entire nation? Why and for what? We will never be able to understand, forget and forgive this," the head of state stressed.

Therefore, a national minute of silence was declared, after which the All-Ukrainian Initiative "Light a Candle" began. The initiative was also joined by the Primates of Churches and all participants of common prayer, lighting their candle of memory.

As RISU has reported, in his speech on the Holodomor Victims' Memorial Day, His Beatitude Sviatoslav noted that on yet another anniversary of this tragedy, we say to ourselves and the world: we remember, the world recognizes. Head of the UGCC urged to remember the pain, but also to act. "Let's feed the hungry so that in our time no one else dies of hunger. Remembering these tragic events, let's say to ourselves and the world: never again!"

Metropolitan Epifaniy of the OCU, for his part, stressed that the Holodomor is a pain of universal dimension, which we share with the whole world. The act of genocide of the Ukrainian people is a crime against humanity. This is also a crime against the truth because artificial hunger and its consequences have been hushed up by the organizers for many decades... The Ukrainian people will never calm down and come to terms with the fact of this crime."