We live in tragic times. But these are times that gave rise to heroes, the new heroes of our time. Today’s Ukrainian youth, our girls and boys, provide examples of heroic love. Out of love for your country. Of heroic love for their families and neighbours. It is this love that makes them invincible. Ukrainian youth surprises the world today. Because the strength of this living relationship with God and with others, the strength of these Christian values shines through in their faces.
Glory be to our Lord Jesus Christ!
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today is Sunday, April 17, 2022, and the Ukrainian people live 53 days of nationwide struggle in defense of the Russian armed aggression against our state.
Tonight our cities and towns are on fire again. Kharkiv shook again … Donbass and southern Ukraine stand firmly. We raise our prayers especially for the heroic Mariupol, who is under attack from the sea, earth and sky. The All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations called for a ceasefire during the Easter holiday and called for the urgent need for a humanitarian corridor to save Ukraine’s Mariupol.
Let us pray that the mighty of this world, those who bring arms today to kill our people, may enjoy a minimum of sense of holiness during these Easter days.
Today Ukraine celebrates Palm Sunday. It is a special feast, it is the feast that precedes the Passover of the Lord. It is the feast in which we see our Savior who triumphantly enters his city, Jerusalem; The city that God wants to be with his people…
This day, this Sunday, is a holiday that we especially request in our prayers for our young people. Today’s feast is a day in our church that is especially dedicated to young people. Because it is young people who feel this lively and vibrant relationship between God and man. And this living and authentic relationship is above all the various mental schemes and ideologies and these or those stereotypes of communication and even life between people. The possibility of a personal and lively relationship with God, to whom today’s youth say: – Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. – This is something that shows the special role of young people as the engine of human history, young people who feel personally, who are clearly aware of the presence of the Savior, to whom they say – Hosanna! – This – he saved us! In your hands are our present and our future.
Today we can say that all the weight of the war has been placed on the shoulders of the Ukrainian youth. We live in tragic times. But these are times that gave rise to heroes, the new heroes of our time. Today’s Ukrainian youth, our girls and boys, provide examples of heroic love. Out of love for your country. Of heroic love for their families and neighbours. It is this love that makes them invincible.
Ukrainian youth surprises the world today. Because the strength of this living relationship with God and with others, the strength of these Christian values shines through in their faces. On the faces of Ukrainian boys and girls. It is the Ukrainian youth that today proves to the whole world that Ukraine was and will be so, because it is the Ukrainian youth who build it, want it and love it.
Today I would like to salute all our guys, girls and boys, on this holiday. I want to assure you that your Mother Church loves you, prays for you, supports you, and is proud of you! Show today the true meaning of life to all the people in the world who today may not know the true values for which it is worth living.
Today I want to pray especially for the youth of the occupied territories. For our young people who today are forced to leave their homeland and are scattered all over the world and across continents. Let us gather today around Christ, about his presence among us. And let us feel that life-giving soul that the Savior brings to us today.
The Christians of the Latin Rite, the Armenian Church and the people of our Church in different countries of the world celebrate the Lord’s Easter. And today I want to congratulate all of you, brothers and sisters, on this, the greatest Christian holiday.
Being a Christian today means believing in the resurrection. Believe in the resurrection. Belief that life and resurrection are human. It is our Savior who emerges from the grave victorious and conquers sin, and evil, and conquers death, and gives us life. The Church of Christ announces to us today: “Christ rose from the dead, by his death he conquered death, and revives those in the graves!” This holiday I greet you with our traditional Easter greeting: Christ is Risen!
May the blessing and mercy of the Lord descend upon you by His divine grace and love, and be established now and forever, Amen.
Glory be to our Lord Jesus Christ!
Father and Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church