Ukrainian Catholic leader reconsecrates nation to Mary’s protection
April 08, 2014
On April 6, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church renewed the consecration of Ukraine to the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk did so “because of the great tribulation that all the people and our entire country are experiencing at this time due to the occupation of part of our land-- a situation that fills our hearts with anxiety for the future, uncertainty and fear,” the Religious Information Service of Ukraine (RISU) reported.
According to RISU, Yaroslav the Wise first consecrated the nation to the protection of the Theotokos in the 11th century, and Cardinal Myroslav Ivan Lubachivsky (1914-2000) renewed the consecration in 1995.
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