Ukrainian Orthodox Church turns to all believers, asking them to pray for peace in Donbas to hold. Antoniy, Metropolitan of Boryspil and Brovary and the managing official of Ukrainian Orthodox Church posted this on his Facebook page.
He reiterated that the new agreement on ceasefire took place in Donbas on this day. According to Antoniy, it is quite symbolic that the ceasefire takes place on July 27, when churchgoers celebrate the anniversary of Christianization of Kyiv Rus', joining the solemn religious procession in Kyiv.
"The mentioned agreement will actually let us all a good opportunity to proceed on this path. We really hope that there will be no deaths and injuries on the frontline and in the direct contact zone. We hope that people who reside on both sides of the front will not experience the horrors of attacks and consequences of military actions. We hope life will prevail - not the tough despair and unbelief in the future", the Metropolitan said.
According to the churchman, one needs prayers for all these things not to become another lost hope.
"This is why we urge all those faithful children of our Church to appreciate God in our prayers these days - for the mercy he granted us, and to ask Him for this decision to start complete ending to the war in eastern Ukraine", he said.
The Metropolitan asked churchgoers to pray for all those who now face huge responsibility for the future of our country and our people".