Divided nations are easier to enslave and rule over, which is why our adversaries have done and are doing everything to divide us – territorially, socially, spiritually, and psychologically. That is why for Ukrainians, the awareness of the importance of unity remains relevant and vital. We must remember that unity is our strength, our victorious weapon, and our reliable shield against the enemy.
That’s according to an address released by the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
“On January 22, 103 years ago, the Act of Unification of the Ukrainian People’s Republic and the Western Ukrainian People’s Republic was proclaimed in the square outside Kyiv’s St. Sophia Cathedral – a church that embodies the spiritual unity and greatness of the princely Kyiv state. And while today we’re once again faced with serious challenges in maintaining this unity, we also have good lessons from the past. They teach us to jointly protect and defend our native home, our Motherland, without destroying it with arguments and discord,” the OCU said.
“Our native local Ukrainian Orthodox Church is faced by the same task. It is our common spiritual fortress, and we must take care of its every ‘brick.’ Being united to us, faithful to the Church of Christ, is our duty. For we all constitute the unity, the integrity of the Church, the union, the gathering of all its members in inseparable connection with its Head, our Lord Jesus Christ,” the letter reads.
“So on the Day of Unity, let’s offer prayers for our unity, for all of us to be united by love for God and neighbor, for the native Church and the Ukrainian people. Glory to Jesus Christ! And glory for ages to our Mother Ukraine!” the OCU concluded.