Western American Diocese
RUSSIAN ORTHODOX
 CHURCH OUTSIDE
 OF RUSSIA
Western American Diocese
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill Appeals for Pacification in the Ukraine

His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America requests that the following Patriarchal Address be read in all of the monasteries and parishes of our diocese on Sunday February 23 of this year.

At the Divine Liturgy special petitions should be included at the Augmented Litany, the prayer for pacification in the Ukraine shall be raised up and a Litany for the Dead shall be performed with the inclusion of the additional petition. The petitions and prayer are found below or may be viewed here.

 

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill
Appeals to the Entirety of the Russian Orthodox Church
on Current Events in Ukraine

Honorable Archpastors and Pastors,
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Children of the Church:

 

It is with anxiety, pain and alarm that I continue to follow ongoing events in Kiev and other cities of Ukraine. Kiev is the birthplace of a great Orthodox civilization which united the peoples of Holy Rus. Kiev is the city of the One Font of the Baptism, the 1025th anniversary of which we only recently celebrated together with all the Local Orthodox Churches. For me, Kiev is a special, dear city, a city I have often visited, it is a city I love and know well. It is unbearably painful to hear the news of the many casualties in this holy place, of the hundreds of wounded, of the unrest in various regions of Ukraine.

Our entire multi-national Church fervently prays for peace in the Ukrainian land, for the end of civil strife. Our brothers and sisters in Ukraine are suffering one of the most dramatic moments in its history. The future fate of the Ukrainian people depends on what is now happening. So far, thank God, the specter of civil war has been averted. But this scenario may still become manifest. This will occur if the Lord allows people to abandon Divine moral commandments and reject the Christian legacy of Ukraine, if the residents of Ukraine deny respect for self, for each other and for the law.

I would like to thank the representatives of the Ukrainian episcopacy and clergy who, amidst the shouted appeals and slogans of every possible persuasion, have found the inner strength to coherently call the opponents to peace and brotherly love; those who stand firmly for the right of Ukrainians to live in concord with their faith and piety, for the preservation of traditional Ukrainian moral and religious values, the wellspring of which is the Kievan Baptismal Font, which determined the civilized development of Holy Rus.

With tears of grief from all my heart for the dead, in empathy with their loved ones, suffering together with the wounded, I beseech the pastors and flock of the Russian Orthodox Church to lift up their prayers to the Lord Jesus Christ and His Most-Pure Mother. Let us pray for the repose of our dead brothers and sisters, for the healing of the injured and sick, for the pacification of hardened hearts, for the end of the strife and unrest in Ukraine, that the Lord sends down upon us all the spirit of love, peace, forgiveness and brotherly love in Christ!

 

+KIRILL,
PATRIARCH OF MOSCOW AND ALL RUSSIA

 

Special prayers for Divine Liturgy
February 23, 2014
At the Augmented Litany

That Thou mightest look down with a merciful eye upon the people of the Ukrainian land, and make it unconquered by those who create havoc, we pray Thee, O kind hearted Lord, hearken and have mercy.

That Thou wouldst enlighten with the light of Thy Divine wisdom the thoughts of those darkened in bitterness, and strengthen Thy faithful in the Ukrainian land, keeping them from harm, we pray Thee, O Almighty Creator, hearken and have mercy.

Thou Who hast given us Thy commandment to love Thee our God, and our neighbor: make hatred, hostilities, offenses, greed, the shedding of blood and the other lawlessness to cease, and true charity to reign among the people of the Ukrainian land, we pray Thee, our Saviour, hearken and have mercy.

 

further this Prayer

O Most High God, Master and Maker of all Creation, Who fillest all with Thy majesty and holdest all by Thy power:

To Thee, our greatly gifted Lord, we fall down with contrite heart and fervent prayer for the Ukrainian land, torn by strife and discord.

O Most-Kindhearted and Almighty Lord, be not wroth until the end! Be merciful unto us, Thy Church entreateth Thee, offering unto Thee the Author and Finisher of our salvation Jesus Christ. Fortify by Thy strength the faithful people in the Ukrainian land, enlighten by Thy divine light the mind’s eye of those gone astray, that they might know Thy truth; soften the hardness of their hearts, quench the enmity and discord being raised against the country and her peaceful people, that all might know Thee, our Lord and Saviour. Turn not away Thy face from us, O Lord, grant unto us the joy of Thy salvation. Remember the mercies that Thou hast shown to our fathers, turn Thine anger into mercy, and grant Thy help to the Ukrainian people, who are in sorrow.

The Russian Church entreateth Thee, offering unto Thee the intercessions of all the saints who have shown forth in Her, and especially the Most Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, who from ancient times didst protect and defend our land. Warm our hearts with the warmth of Thy grace, confirm our will in Thy will, so that, just as in times of old, so now also may be glorified Thine all-holy name, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, unto the ages of ages. Amen.

 

AT THE LITANY FOR THE DEPARTED

Again we pray for the repose of the souls of the departed servants of God killed in the fratricidal strife in Ukraine, and that they may be pardoned all of their sins, both voluntary and involuntary.

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