His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine encouraged the faithful to lead their lives in purity and to try to tirelessly correct themselves if they fall into sin in his sermon during the Divine Liturgy in St. Olga Cathedral in Kiev on July 24, 2022, the 6th Sunday after Pentecost, commemoration day of Equal-to-the-Apostles Princess Olga, reports the Information and Education Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
“Every person should try to be whole, that is, try to lead a pure life. Even if we stumble, somewhere we fall into some vices, infirmities, then we must repent and correct ourselves again and again,” said His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry.
As the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church noted, sometimes a person has to struggle with a certain sin all his life.
“One repented and fell again, repented again – fell again. The person who does not stop repenting eventually overcomes his weaknesses,” His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry stressed.
The archpastor urged Christians not to be ashamed to say to the Lord: “God, forgive me, I have sinned! Help me, God, not to do this again.”
“And God will grant us the wisdom that one needs in order to go through one’s earthly life without any losses and tragedies and achieve eternal salvation in Heaven in Christ Jesus our Lord,” concluded His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry.
During the service, solemn petitions and prayers for peace in Ukraine were offered. After the Liturgy and the rite of glorification with the prayer to the Equal-to-the-Apostles Princess Olga, the metropolitan congratulated the faithful on the feast day. The rector of the cathedral, Bishop Victor of Baryshevka, thanked the metropolitan and presented him with an icon of the the Equal-to-the-Apostles Prince Vladimir.
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