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Patriarch urges peace for Ukraine in Orthodox Easter address

Published time: April 19, 2014 20:03

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia (RIA Novosti)

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The hearts of the followers of the Orthodox Church are aching for the suffering of the people in crisis-hit Ukraine, Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, said in his Easter address.

“As we celebrate Easter this year, we pray for the people of Ukraine,” the Patriarch stressed during his speech.

Ukraine remains in a state of turmoil since its democratically elected president was ousted via a coup powered by far-right radicals in February.

“We pray for enemies to reconcile, for violence to stop. We pray that people be merciful to one another no matter what divides them and separates them from each other. All the children of our common Church have Ukraine in their hearts, and our hearts are aching for the suffering of the Ukrainian people,” Russia’s top cleric said.

“That is why these days, together with millions of Orthodox believers, I pray specifically for peace in Ukraine,” he added.

In his address, Patriarch Kirill also reminded the believers that Easter is a holy day, which “celebrates victory over man’s two biggest enemies – sin and death.”

Jesus Christ was the only one who managed to defeat those enemies and “uplifted humanity into divine glory. He abolished everything that prevented us from being like Him,” he said.

“Christ is not only the Judge, but also the Advocate for every sinner, who comes to Him through faith. The primary requirement of the New Testament is that we love one another despite our differences. Lack of love destroys people, divides families, and undermines societies and countries,” the head of the Russian Orthodox Church explained.

Easter is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred three days after his crucifixion at Calvary.

The most important festival of the Oriental Orthodox Church marks the end of the Great Lent, which saw followers fasting for 40 days.

In 2014, Orthodox and Catholic Christians celebrate Easter on the same day.

Comments (18)


Constantino Sawan 24.04.2014 08:56

In the book "True Life in God", a book containing the messages of Jesus Christ to the world written through Vassula Ryden, Jesus Christ said He will resurrect Russia and Russia will be an example of holiness to nations. In the same book, Jesus said that the beginning of true ecumenism is the day both the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church will celebrate one date of Easter. These prophecies are now fulfilled. Unity among Roman Catholics, Orthodox, and Protestants is not far off. They will unite under the Eucharist.

The prophecies are being fulfilled. That means Jesus Christ will return soon.


Keith Moss 20.04.2014 09:59

John M. Wadsworth 20.04.2014 07:19

He prays for Russia every day. He likely prayed for Russia on this occasion as well. So what's wrong with ALSO praying for other nations or people? The pope and many other religious leaders around the world do it all the time.


Good answer 12+


Keith Moss 20.04.2014 09:58

martial firmin 19.04.2014 22:02

How come he praised for Ukraine and don't pray for Russia whiCh NATO EU mobilizing their troops to bring they holy democracy for Russia for disobeying the NWO.


Did you understand what he was praying?
I think it is good to pray for the Ukraine, the population is pushed in a new spell.
I hope the Ukr will be blessed as Russia is. I also know that the Orthodox leaders pray for Russia and their people everyday.
Intere sting to see how Christianity in Russia grows and in the western world is a rapid speed of decline.

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