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Consecration of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus to the Most Holy Mother of God

Consecration of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus to the Most Holy Mother of God
(Kiev, 8 January 2013, Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos)

In this historic hour, on behalf of all the orthodox Catholic and Orthodox Christians of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus, and on behalf of Presidents Viktor Fedorovych, Vladimir Vladimirovych and Olexandr Grygorovych, I, Elijah, Patriarch of the Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate, consecrate these three Slavic nations to the Most Holy Mother of God.
In the hour of His death, Jesus saw His Mother and the disciple standing by the cross. Then He said to the disciple: “Behold, your Mother!” The disciple received the Mother of Jesus into his own – vo svoja si (note: Old Church Slavonic) /Greek: eis ta idia/. In Kiev, St. Vladimir cast Perun into the Dnieper and accepted Christ and His Gospel. Now in Kiev, on behalf of myself and all orthodox Catholic and Orthodox Christians of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus, I accept the testament of Jesus dying on the cross.
Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead on the third day.

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