“We held the rite of church consecration in the times difficult for us and in the difficult conditions. Carrying the holy antimensium around the church, we heard the sounds of cannonade, we heard explosions. We see what is happening today in our land, in our Orthodox Donbass. We didn’t reflect on what “peace” is. Though today we’ve heard several times at the Liturgy that the priest says to people “Peace be with you.” Today we know the price of the peace,” Metropolitan Hilarion of Donetsk and Mariupol said after the divine service.
He urged to pray ardently and to repent in sins, as he is sure thus “the fratricidal war, Cain’s sin, that today multiplies in our people, will stop.