The Ukrainian Catholic bishops of the United States have invited clergy, religious and lay Catholics to remember and pray for victims of the coronavirus, victims of racism “or acts of police brutality” and victims of protests by celebrating a “Panakhyda,” or requiem service, at the end of the Divine Liturgy on 28th June.
“Week by week, we have been returning to regular Sunday services. Most of our parishes are now open. We rejoice that we can finally be together in prayer,” they said in a pastoral message. “Thus, as we begin again, carrying with us the experience of the last months we call all to a deep spiritual reflection on the signs of the times.”
The message was issued by: Metropolitan-Archbishop Borys Gudziak of the Archeparchy of Philadelphia, who is metropolitan of Ukrainian Catholics in the US; Bishop Paul P. Chomnycky of the Eparchy of Stamford, Connecticut; Bishop Benedict Aleksiychuk of the Eparchy of St Nicholas in Chicago; Bishop Bohdan J. Danylo of the Eparchy of St Josaphat in Parma, Ohio; and Auxiliary Bishop Andriy Rabiy of the Archeparchy of Philadelphia.
“The last four months have been tumultuous and tragic, shocking our country and the world,” the bishops said. “The Covid-19 virus spread globally. Millions who got infected were hospitalised and suffered physical and psychological torment before a thankful recovery. Many corona victims have lasting, debilitating aftereffects.”
Picture: People in Miami wait for a health assessment check-in on the coronavirus before entering Jackson Memorial Hospital on 18th June 2020. The bishops of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the US are asking the faithful to “remember and pray” for victims of racism and Covid-19 as their churches reopen on 28th June amid the coronavirus pandemic. (CNS photo/Marco Bello, Reuters).