Utah Greek Orthodox Church hosts special prayer service for Ukraine

Individuals within the Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church pray for peace in Ukraine Sunday. (Lauren Steinbrecher, KSL-TV)

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HOLLADAY — A robust gathering in Holladay despatched prayers for peace to Ukraine, and the congregation that got here collectively shares a particular bond with Ukrainians.

Contained in the Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church Sunday afternoon, hymns and prayers echoed all through the constructing. Clergy from all Greek Orthodox church buildings throughout all the state gathered to steer a particular service. Those that attended turned emotional at instances, wiping away tears.

The individuals they had been praying for had been a part of their very own church household.

“My husband and I’ve been praying for the individuals in Ukraine,” mentioned parishioner Jeannine Timothy. “So, after we acquired the discover that there was a prayer service immediately, we thought, ‘I imply what else can we do?'”

The phrases and beliefs deeply join this congregation to 2 international locations at warfare half a world away.

“Each Russia and Ukraine are predominantly Orthodox Christian international locations; the huge majorities of each of their populations are members of our church,” mentioned Father Patrick O’Rourke, assistant priest on the Greek Orthodox Church of Better Salt Lake. “So, to look at a warfare unfolding between them is deeply, deeply troubling.”

Each Sunday, Father Patrick defined, Orthodox Christian church buildings world wide rejoice the identical providers, sing the identical hymns, and browse the identical scripture passages based mostly on an ecclesiastical calendar used for 1,400 years. Sunday, they shared the identical ache.

“We take into consideration, if in case you have two brothers that simply cannot get alongside after which it will get to the purpose of violence, there is a deep wound that everyone within the household feels,” Father Patrick mentioned.

Simply as a household might flip to their mom for an answer and determination, the Greek Orthodox Church of Better Salt Lake turned to Mom Mary for solutions.

Throughout Sunday’s Supplicatory Canon to the Mom of God, Father Patrick defined, they requested the Virgin Mary to hope for them.

We pray for her to intercede for us, hear our prayers, carry them to Christ. And ship assist, ship peace, ship therapeutic to the nation of Ukraine — which suggests, after all, there’s acquired to be therapeutic in Russia too.

–Jeannine Timothy, parishioner

Along with prayer, the clergy introduced throughout the service a fundraiser by the Worldwide Orthodox Christian Charity * that members can donate to, to ship aid to Ukraine.

The Supplicatory Canon to the Mom of God service is a approach for a priest to collect individuals and pray for a particular cause — on this case, the individuals of Ukraine. He described how in Orthodox Christianity, the Holy Mom is seen as the best non secular energy throughout the church itself.

“We pray for her to intercede for us, hear our prayers, carry them to Christ,” Timothy mentioned. “And ship assist, ship peace, ship therapeutic to the nation of Ukraine — which suggests, after all, there’s acquired to be therapeutic in Russia, too.”

Therapeutic, Timothy and Father Patrick expressed, that they despatched by the facility of prayer to their brothers and sisters in Christ.

“Prayers have been answered in my life, and so I am hoping that many, many individuals in Ukraine and Russia have peace and that it involves them,” Timothy mentioned, as tears welled in her eyes. “And so they acknowledge the facility of God of their lives, and hopefully it’s going to get them the place the world wants for them to be.”

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