Message from His Beatitude Sviatoslav. March 5

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ!

Greetings from Kyiv!

Today we are experiencing already the tenth day of this horrific and bloody war.

This morning our thoughts are particularly with our cities in the north, east, and south of Ukraine. Ukraine is fighting. Ukraine is praying. Ukraine is serving.

This night especially, our thoughts were with Kharkiv, where almost 20 cm of snow fell, but during the night there were again heard the sounds of enemy aviation and once more enemy bombs carrying death and destruction flew at a peaceful city.

Our thoughts are with Sumy where street fighting has begun. We pray for wounded Chernihiv, for the tens of suffering people from bombs, rockets, and other forms of shelling. But most of all, our heart is covered with blood for the cities that are besieged by the enemy and where a real humanitarian catastrophe is beginning. Our thoughts are with Mariupol, Volnovakha, Kherson. The enemy is blocking and besieging large cities and is not giving the residents an opportunity to leave the city, does not give an opportunity to deliver food, and from above fly enemy bombs that sow death.

O Lord, save Your people!

Today we would like to particularly pray once more to the Lord for our Ukrainian army, for our girls and boys who embrace Ukraine with their bodies, who die for the free future of their homeland. O God, bless our army! O God, send the heavenly army of Your angels, your Archangel Michael, to guard, support, and bless our army.

I would like to particularly address the international community. Let us not remain silent. Let us do everything possible so that at least humanitarian convoys might make their way to those cities that are in the paws of the wretched enemy. When the enemy bombs cities, many buildings turn very quickly into cold traps without heat, without light, without water. We must help them in some way, but the enemy does not let our help make its way to those in need.

Today I would like to support and address those who can truly help these people at the international level. May humanitarian corridors be created! May there be green corridors of life so that the peaceful population might pass to safe places and humanitarian convoys might bring those people food, warmth, and human solidarity.

Today I would like to particularly thank volunteers. In such a horrific time, everyone must become a volunteer, everyone who remains in peaceful territories, everyone who defends his homeland without weapons. Each one of us must serve their neighbour with active Christian love.

I thank all of our various community organizations, all those who are truly running as volunteers to help those in need. Each one of our parishes, especially here in the centre, east, and south of Ukraine, is turning into a centre of social service for our volunteers.

I address once more the international community: let us do everything possible to stop this war! O God, save Ukraine! O God, send people wisdom and intelligence, so that dialogue might prevail over war! O God, bless all of us!

May the blessing of the Lord be upon you, through His grace and love for humankind, always, now and ever, and for ages of ages. Amen.

Glory to Jesus Christ!