Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Prayers in Washington, DC

Washington, DC -- A warm night in the US capital city provided some comfort to those who came to mourn and pray for the fallen heroes of Maidan at the Taras Shevchenko Monument in northwest DC.  About 300 people of the Washington area Ukrainian-American community and Ukrainians living in the US came together in candlelight to pray for their brothers and sisters in Ukraine.  Led by the Priests of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia and its Washington Deanery, o. Robert Hitchens, o. Wasyl Kharuk, o. Volodymyr Baran, and o. Roman Petryshak, offered the Panakhyda service as the names of those who died at Maidan were read by many young people.  Ukrainian Ambassador to the USA, Oleksander Motsyk, and other embassy personnel also came to pray for the fallen and for Ukraine.


Washington, DC -- Nearly 500 members of the Ukrainian-American community of Washington and Ukrainians living in the USA gathered outside the White House on Sunday February 23, 2014 to pray for Ukraine and for those who died at Maidan.  Speakers asked President Obama to help the Ukrainian people to continue on a peaceful path to reform the government and to provide financial and humanitarian aid.  

The Priests of the Washington Protopresbyterate, o. Volodymyr Baran, o. Vasyl Sivinskyj, o. Wasyl Kharuk, and o. Robert Hitchens, dean, celebrated Panakhyda.

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