On the 15th of March, Eastern Catholic Bishops in Australia held a prayer for peace in Ukraine on the Zoom platform.
Bishop Mykola Bychok, Eparch of Melbourne joined the joint prayer, which was attended by Bishop Amel Nona, Archbishop of the Chaldean Diocese of St. Thomas the Apostle, Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay, Ordinary of the Maronite Diocese of St. Maroun and Bishop Robert Rabbat, Ordinary of the Melkite Eparchy for Australia and New Zealand.
- Bishop Mykola Bychok visited the Parish of Our Lady of Protection in Adelaide
- Prayer for Peace in Ukraine. Homily by Bishop Terry Curtin
- Prayer for Ukraine. Homily by Bishop Mykola
The prayer began with the introductory prayer of Bishop Mykola Bychok, after which each of the Bishops recited his prayer for peace in Ukraine. In the prayer of the Hierarchs there were the following words: “Lord! Today we turn to you as the God of peace. Take a look at the suffering Ukrainian people, who are bleeding in the fight for their independence. Cover with your care all the wounded, migrants, military and innocent children. Give eternal peace to all those killed in this war. Protect the Cathedral of Christ’s Resurrection in Kyiv with your grace, give wisdom and strength to His Beatitude Sviatoslav and the entire Synod of the UGCC in this time of trial. Saints Volodymyr and Olga! Pray to God for peace and tranquillity for Ukraine.”
At the end of the prayer, Bishop Mykola Bychok addressed the bishops with words of gratitude and a request to continue praying and helping to bring about the end of the war in Ukraine. Afterwards, at the request of the Hierarchs, Bishop Mykola spoke about the current state of the war in Ukraine, as well as what the Church is doing in this situation, helping people. Bishop Mykola also noted that praying for peace in Ukraine bears concrete results, where many soldiers and people feel great spiritual strength from above.