NORTHAMPTON, Pa. – Good Friday within the Orthodox Church is the day the dying of Christ is noticed. It’s a day of fasting, prayer, and grief. The grief is felt extra deeply this 12 months within the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Northampton.
“This 12 months we perceive that the Ukrainian individuals, they endure additionally, so much,” mentioned Father Oleg Kravchenko.
Kravchenko says there are parallels to what occurred hundreds of years in the past to Christ and what’s going down abroad proper now.
“We learn gospel readings in regards to the struggling and dying of our Lord God and Savior, Jesus Christ. So on this case we will a bit bit examine what’s going on that point, and what’s going on in Ukraine,” Kravchenko mentioned.
Father Kravchenko says what occurred to Christ was illegal, an harmless man, persecuted.
“Now individuals in Ukraine, individuals endure and die due to the ambition of some one who thinks he can do the whole lot he desires,” Kravchenko mentioned.
Parishioner Eugene Gorsky can be seeing parallels. His grandfather was of Russian descent, however belonged to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
“He says his religion was challenged when he noticed the evil that Stalin did a few years in the past and I’d assume my father and grandfather can be very moved and damage by seeing what Putin is doing,” Gorsky mentioned.
He says now greater than ever is a time for everybody to come back collectively for the individuals of Ukraine.