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“Easter. We are people” marathon: Olexander Usyk on how he came to Orthodox Christianity

The titled boxer met with the priest, being at a hospital as a child
20:38, 28 April 2019

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World champion in WBC, WBO, IBF heavyweight division, Ukraine's Olexander Usyk told how he came to the Orthodox Christianity being a child.

"When I was at the hospital, a priest came there. He gave us some sweets. All the kids ran around, not realizing that this tall man, with a black beard and a big cross on his chest just came to save our little sinful souls. I sat near him and asked where God is, how to come to him, where he lives, how he sees and hears us," the boxer recalls.

"And then he said: you are still small enough, why are you so interested in God? To which I replied that I would see him soon. He said: why did you decide that? I said that I heard my mom's conversation with the doctor, who told me that I was very ill, or something like that. To which he replied that it’s not doctors who decide, but only God will decide whether you live or die. And from that time I began to resort to our Lord Jesus Christ and follow him. He does not follow me, but I go after him. Every day I say thanks to him for an every great day lived," said Usyk.

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Earlier Metropolitan Antony congratulated the Ukrainians on Easter and said that it is best to celebrate this holiday with the people we love and with those who need this the most.

“Today is Easter and this is the most important day of the church calendar. On this day, every person feels God's love, and therefore each of us must at least share a part of our love with God. But we can show our love through the people we love. For sure we should share our love with the people surrounding us. Today we must remember our parents, those people with whom the Lord has met us, and those people who may not have what we have now. When we are talking about eternity, we should say it is not an abstract notion. It seen in the evens in our lives,” the Metropolitan said.

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