On the 9th day of the Decade of Mission days, let us reflect on the theme “Feed my sheep”.

A reading of the Holy Gospel according to St. John 21, 15-25

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” A second time he said to him, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you girded yourself and walked where you would; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish to go.” (This he said to show by what death he was to glorify God.) And after this he said to him, “Follow me.” Peter turned and saw following them the disciple whom Jesus loved, who had lain close to his breast at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!” The saying spread abroad among the brethren that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?” This is the disciple who is bearing witness to these things, and who has written these things; and we know that his testimony is true. But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.

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God is Great and God Almighty! God is the ruler of life and death. People are dying in the war, soldiers are dying who gave their lives in the fight for the independence of the Ukrainian land, because they defended their faith, culture, their land from enemies. They fought for our peaceful life, for prosperity and peace, they save cities and villages and defend the Motherland. We pray for God’s Mercy for the soldiers killed in the war, we ask for forgiveness of all sins that they committed consciously or unconsciously.

The Lord Himself said that “no one is able to love more than when he lays down his life for his friends” (Jn. 15, 13). We see their wounds and torments, we hear their groans and sufferings, we realize that they have endured unbearable trials, in hardship, hardship, hardship, hunger, thirst and exhaustion. Many of them were like sheep that had been slaughtered. But we know very well that they worked bravely in terrible and age-old battles. The Lord accepts their sacrifice, which they have made for their neighbour, and clothes them in bright and clean garments, like those who bleached their garments here in their blood.

The Lord makes them allies in the triumph and glory of the victors, together with all those who fought under the banner of the Cross against the world, the flesh and the devil. After leaving for eternity, they continue with us and continue to pray for us from the heavenly Jerusalem. The Merciful Lord unites them to the Council of Glorious Sufferers, Good Martyrs, Righteous and All Saints, All Defenders of Ukraine, Heavenly Hundred and Modern Warriors.

Let us pray for all the dead soldiers and victims of the war and for God to accept their souls into his Kingdom:

Our Father…

Rejoice Mother of God…

Glory be to the Father…