St George Ukrainian Catholic Church

St George's Ukrainian Catholic Church | Sarnia

Let us Pray for Ukraine помолимось за україну

With the current crisis in Ukraine, the feeling of helplessness can be very upsetting. The desire to do something is very strong during this time.

There are many ways, that you can help out, and every little bit helps.
If you want to become more involved, in helping immigrating families, something as simple as a donation, support networks, or perhaps offering to drive to an appointment. In addition, there will be a need for employment opportunities, and most importantly a need to find hosts for the Ukrainian families for a  6-12 months period.

Hosting is the perfect opportunity to get very involved! You can make a huge difference for the families arriving to our community!

Interested in helping out? Contact us and let’s talk!

If you wish to make a donation to provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine, please donate through the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA), and specify that your donation is for Ukraine.

You may also donate directly to St George’s Church, the money will go to charity efforts for Ukraine. Simply send an E-Transfer (with your email address noted in the message so we can contact you to issue a receipt) to 

saveukraine@stgeorgessarnia.ca

You may also donate directly to St George’s Church, the money will go to charity efforts for Ukraine. Simply send an E-Transfer (with your email address noted in the message so we can contact you to issue a receipt) to
saveukraine@stgeorgessarnia.ca 

"We will lay down our souls and bodies for our freedom! Our Church is with Her people!" - Patriarch Svyatoslav

Today we solemnly proclaim: “We will lay down our souls and bodies for our freedom!” Today, with one heart and mouth, we pray: “Great and One God, save Ukraine for us!’

This is how Patriarch Sviatoslav 
spoke to the people of Ukraine.

“Our Ukraine, which the world rightly called blood-soaked lands, as so many times it was sprinkled with the blood of martyrs and fighters for the freedom and independence of its people, calls us today to stand up for our homeland, our dignity before God and humanity, our right to exist and the right to choose our future. It is our inherent right and a sacred duty for everyone to protect their land and their people, their state and everything that is most dear to us: their family, their language and culture, their history and their spiritual world!” the head of the UGCC commented.

The first hierarch assured: “Our Holy Martyr Church has always been with her people; it remains here for them and stands beside!”

Let us Pray for Ukraine ~ помолимось за україну

Beloved and God protected Ukrainian people!

Once again, our homeland is in danger!

The treacherous enemy, despite his own obligations and assurances, breaking the basic norms of international law, as an unjust aggressor set foot on Ukrainian soil, bringing with him death and devastation.

“Our Ukraine, which the world rightly called “bloody lands”, which so many times was sprinkled with the blood of martyrs and fighters for the freedom and independence of its people, calls us today to stand up for our homeland, our dignity before God and humanity, our right to exist and the right to choose our future.

It is our inherent right and a sacred duty for everyone to protect their land and their people, their state and everything that is most dear to us: their family, their language and culture, their history and their spiritual world!” the head of the UGCC notes. We are peaceful people who love children of all nations with Christian love, regardless of origin or beliefs, national or religious affiliation. We do not encroach on someone else`s property and do not threaten anyone, but we do not have the right to give our own to anyone! At this historic moment, the voice of our conscience calls us all as one to stand up for the free, united and independent Ukrainian state!

The history of the last century teaches us that all those who started global wars were the ones who lost them, and the idolaters of war brought only destruction and decline to their own states and peoples. We believe that the Lord God is with us at this historic moment! He, in Whose hands lies the fate of the whole world and every person, in particular, is always on the side of the victim of unfair aggression, on the side of the suffering and enslaved. It is he who declares his Holy Name in the history of every nation, catches and throws down the powerful of this world by their own pride, the conquerors by the illusion of their omnipotence, the proud and bold by their own self-confidence. It is he who grants victory over evil and death. The victory of Ukraine will be a victory of God`s power over the baseness and insolence of man! This was always the case, so it is now and so it be!

Our Holy Martyr Church has always been with her people, it remains here for them and stands by! This Church, which has already known death and resurrection, as the Body of the Risen Christ over whom death has no power, was bestowed by the Lord to his people in the baptismal waters of the Dnieper. Since then, the history of our people and their Church, the history of their liberation struggle, the history of the embodiment of God`s word and the manifestation of his spirit of truth in our culture have been intertwined forever. And at this dramatic moment, our Church, as our Mother and Teacher, remains with its children to protect them and serve them in the name of God! God is our hope and from Him will be our victory!

Today we solemnly proclaim: “We will lay down our souls and bodies for our freedom!” Today, with one heart and mouth, we pray: “Great and one God, save Ukraine for us!’

Holy Righteous, Martyrs and Confessors of the Ukrainian land, pray and intercede for us before God!

The blessing of the Lord may be upon you!

† SVIATOSLAV

Said in Kyiv,
at the Patriarchal Council of the resurrection of Christ,
February 24, Year of God 2022

PRAYER FOR DELIVERANCE OF UKRAINE UNDER INVASION

O Lord God of powers, and God of our salvation, O God, who alone work wonders: look down with mercy and compassion on Your humble servants, and out of love for mankind hearken and have mercy on us and on the land of Ukraine.

For, behold, enemies have once more gathered together, in order to cause division and enmity. But You who know all things, understand that they have risen up unrighteously, and that it will be impossible to oppose their multitudes unless You show us Your help.

Therefore, we who are sinful and unworthy pray unto You in repentance and with tears: Help us, O God, our Savior, and deliver the land of Ukraine for the sake of the glory of Your Name, that the enemy may not to say: “Their God has forsaken them, and there is none to deliver and save them.” But let every nation understand that You are our God, and we Your people are always protected under Your dominion. 

Reveal Your mercy, O Lord, and let the words spoken by Moses unto the people of Israel (Exodus 14:13-14) be applied to us: “Fear not. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord. For the Lord shall fight for us.” Work for us a sign for good, that they who are filled with hatred may see our orthodox faith and be humbled and shaken.

Yes, O Lord God, our Savior, our Strength and Hope and Help, remember not the transgressions and unrighteousness of Your faithful people, and turn not away from us in Your anger. But visit Your mercies and compassions upon Your humble servants, those who fight in defense of Ukraine and her much-suffering people, outnumbered though they be, and hear us who fall down before Your deep compassion. With Your mercy enlighten and make glad the hearts of the civil authorities, and strengthened them by Your might. 

Rise up to their help and lay low the evil councils purposed against them by the enemy. Judge them that provoke and make war, and turn their impious boldness into fear and flight. But grant unto the just and God-fearing armies of the children of Ukraine, great boldness and courage to advance and overtake them, and to defeat them in Your Name. And unto them that You have judged to lay down their lives for faith and country, forgive them their trespasses, and in the day of the righteous reckoning grant unto them incorruptible crowns. 

For You are the health and victory and salvation of them that put their hope in You, and unto You do we send up glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. 

Amen.