Patriarchal worship service on the feast day of the Protection of the Mother of God
On October 14, 2016, on the day of the Feast of the Intercession of the Mother of God, His Holiness Patriarch Filaret performed the Divine Liturgy at the Vladimir Cathedral in Kyiv.
On the eve of the evening of October 13, Patriarch Filaret headed the Vigil in the Cathedral. During the chandelier, His Holiness anointed the faithful with the consecrated oil.
According to the liturgy of His Holiness the Archbishop of Vyshgorod Agapit, the rector of the temple of Archpriest Borys Tabachak and the clergy of the cathedral consecrated the deputy of St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery.
During the sermon, the Holy Bishop congratulated the faithful on the holiday and emphasized that the veneration of the Mother of God began even during the earthly life of our Lord Jesus Christ, giving examples from scripture.
Patriarch Filaret told the story of the feast and said, "Evidence that the Mother of God helps those who turn to her with sincere prayer is our holiday today - the covering of the Mother of God."
His Holiness also emphasized that the Mother of God helps all those who sincerely pray and firmly believe in her intercession: "The Mother of God helps all. She helps us now. Many people have prayed and prayed before her icons" Hearing, "" Gerbovetska, "" Unexpected joy "," Kazan "and receive help: they are cured of incurable diseases. A miracle is not a miracle? A miracle. Depending on the faith of the one who prays and the person heals or does not receive. If praying with doubt, then not Mother of God will help, and when a person asks with tears n One way or another, the Lord will, at the prayers of the Mother of God, fulfill the request of a person who prays with faith.
That is why we, dear brothers and sisters, must not forget that we have such a great patron saint, and we now need the intercession of the Mother of God especially because you know that war is coming and people are dying and suffering. And so we must turn to the Mother of God to help us and to have peace and prosperity on our earth. Therefore, we will now pray to the Mother of God, and even on Sophia Square, we will turn to the Mother of God to help us with our prayers before our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory for ever and ever.
A prayer service to the Blessed Virgin Mary ended, during which the Primate of the Kyivan Patriarchate prayed for the release of the Kremlin's captives and hostages, for the defenders of Ukraine, and for the Lord to liberate our Motherland from the invasion of foreigners and bring peace to the Ukrainian people.