UOC-MP Archbishop Visits Ukrainian Workers in Italy
- UOC-MP Orthodox Archbishop of Ternopil and Kremenets Visited Orthodox Compatriots in Italy
03.06.2009, [10:35] // UOC-MP //
UKRAINE-ITALYOn May 28, 2009, with the blessing of the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Volodymyr, and in consultation with the administrator of Orthodox parishes in Italy, Archbishop Innokentii of Korsun, Arhcbishop Serhii of Ternopil visited the Ukrainian Orthodox parish of St. Ambrose of Milan. Milan has a considerable population of natives of the diocese of Ternopil.
On his trip Archbishop Serhii was accompanied by the co-worker of the Department for External Church Relations of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Archpriest Mykolai Danylevych.
On the day of the Ascension of Jesus, Archbishop Serhii celebrated the Divine Liturgy in concelebration with the church rector, Archpriest Mykola Makar, as well as the clergymen of the diocese of Ternopil and Kremenets and the diocese of Korsun.
Addressing the faithful with archpastoral word after the Divine Liturgy Bishop Serhii said: "Today the Lord gathered us by His mercy at the church of God in the Christian land of Italy. Thoughts come to my heart that the Lord is everywhere - in the sky and on the earth. And those with God will always and everywhere feel the help and mercy that He bestows onto those who love Him. And today, when we have gathered in this shrine, I feel your strength in faith, I rejoice with your zeal of God, and greet you on the Feast of Ascension of Jesus."
Having spoken of the Feast of Ascension the hierarch called the parishioners to keep the Orthodox faith, to tolerate the difficulties of the guest workers' life, to trust the will of God, and to return to Ukraine.
In spite of it being a work day the church was filled with believers. Some of them brought to the church the elderly Italians they take care of to have a chance to pray and to hear the archpastoral word of Archbishop Serhii.
Upon completion Archbishop Serhii presented the parish with an icon of the Mother of God of Pochayiv, an embroidered copy of the foot of the Mother of God, and a series of spiritual literature in Ukrainian issued by the publishing house of the Kyiv Cave Monastery.
Upon completing the worship service and talking to parishioners, Archbishop Serhii and his delegation visited the parish of the Venerable Sergius of Radonezh and Seraphim of Sarov, whose rector is an ethnic Italian, Archimandrite Dmitrii (Fantini). It should be noted that this very priest was the first to take care of the Ukrainian guest workers who appeared in Milan some 10 years ago.
The same day Archbishop Serhii read akathists at the relics of the Holy Hierarch Ambrose of Milan in the basilica dedicated to him, and bowed to the relics of the Holy Martyr Victor, the Holy Martyr Nathalie, and the Holy Martyr Aquiline.