Honoring the Memory of the Lost - Memorial Service and Film Screening
The month of February commemorates the 4th anniversary of the Euromaidan events that unfolded in Kyiv, Ukraine: remembering the memory of the “Heavenly Hundred” (“Nebesna Sotnya”) and reminding us of the current aggression taking place in Eastern Ukraine.
On Saturday, February 5th, the Ukrainian American community in New Jersey remembered the events that unfolded in Ukraine just four short years ago and commemorated it with a solemn Memorial Litia with a film screening and presentation.
The Ukrainian History & Education Center of NJ, in conjunction with the Consistory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, held a Memorial Litia (Panakhyda) commemorating the tragic death of “Heavenly Hundred” and those who have perished during the most resent aggression with Russia. May their memory be eternal! Vichnaya Pamyat!
The Memorial Litia was served by His Eminence Archbishop-Elect Daniel and local clergy: Very Rev. Fr. Yurij Siwko (South Bound Brook, NJ), Rev. Zinoviy Zharsky (Trenton, NJ), Rev. Vasyl Pasakas (South Plainfield, NJ), Rev. Vasyl Shak (South Bound Brook, NJ), and Deacon Ivan Tchopko. Responses were sung by the students of St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary (South Bound Brook/Somerset, NJ).
The Ukrainian History & Education Center prepared an evening program consisting with the film screening of Damian Kolodiy’s “Freedom or Death” which was followed by a session of questions and discussion with the director. Kolodiy’s film footage showed the unfortunate events that unfolded in the streets of Kyiv 4 years ago, as well as documented interviews and commentary from locals who took to the streets those cold days to fight for their independence from corruption.
An exhibit of photographs taken by (at the time) His Grace Bishop Daniel and memorabilia collected during the events was available to view before and after the event. Photographs documented the horrific scenes on the streets of Kyiv. The photographs also documented the hope that exists after these horrific events unfolded and of the care and compassion shown by the faithful here in America. Following the February events, His Grace Bishop Daniel travelled to Ukraine in order to visit the refugee centers and hospitals which were treating those injured (and relocated) as a result of the Maidan Revolution and the invasion of Russia in Eastern Ukraine. To date, just under $50,000 in aid has been distributed to those in need in Ukraine. Donations collected here in the states, went directly into the hands of the injured, as was chronicled in the photograph exhibition.
A portion of the exhibit will still be available to view in the rotunda of the Consistory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church off Davidson Avenue in Somerset. The Consistory is open Monday-Friday from 9 to 5 pm, closed on Federal Holidays and Orthodox (Old Calendar) Holy Days.
It is with gratitude that the Consistory thanks the Ukrainian History & Education Center for organizing the solemn and informative program and to the Sisterhood at St. Andrew’s Memorial Church which provided the refreshments for the evening.