Wednesday, November 29, 2023

    OCU’s Pereyaslav-Vyshneve Diocese actively helps defenders, IDPs

    The full-scale war had a significant impact on the life of the Pereyaslav-Vyshneve Diocese. The key areas of work now are assistance to the Armed Forces and displaced persons.

    The Department of Culture and Tourism of the local administration reports this on its Facebook page.

    Metropolitan Oleksandr (Drabynko) repeatedly consecrated vehicles supplied to the Armed Forces. In 2022, “Warrior’s Prayer Books” were issued, which are forwarded to the front. At Christmas, the campaign “Three bags for the Armed Forces” was held to raise funds and hand over donations and other assistance to the defenders.

    Assistance was also provided to residents of occupied villages, in particular by supplying bread to the village of Kazarovychi. Collected humanitarian aid went to the victims of the explosion of the Kakhovka HPP.

    The diocese does not forget about the believers who were forced to flee their homes and cross out of country.

    While on a foreign mission, Metropolitan Oleksandr had pastoral meetings with Ukrainian believers in Istanbul (Turkey) and Wroclaw (Poland).

    For the prayer needs of Ukrainians in Turkey, who fled the country because of the war, the bishop handed over prayer books in the Ukrainian language issued by the diocese. Clerics of the Pereyaslav-Vyshneve Diocese are also in contact with displaced believers abroad. In particular, in Wroclaw, Poland, since the full-scale invasion, priest Anatoly has baptized more than 100 children – both infants and older ones.

    Currently, spiritual work and assistance to Ukraine’s defenders and believers continues.