Ukrainian Orthodox Christians believe in a brighter future despite war
Ukrainian Orthodox Christians gathered at a bazaar to raise money for Ukrainians fleeing their war-torn country expressed optimism that “Ukraine will prevail” and spoke of how their congregation has grown since the Russian invasion began last month.
Saint Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in the Washington, D.C. suburb held a bazaar Sunday, marking the third straight weekend that the church had held such an event.
The bazaar, attended by hundreds, featured plenty of items for sale, including clothes, jewelry, Ukrainian flags and food. The church’s priest, Father Volodymyr Steliac, has served the parish since 2001.
He elaborated on the church’s efforts to rally support and the impact of the Russian invasion on his faith community in an interview with The Christian Post.
Steliac said that while he had “a little bit” of family in Ukraine, he believes that “the whole country” is his family.
“Whatever basically surfaces over, we’re trying to stay optimistic for the whole endeavor and just hope for the best, supporting the troops the best that we can out there,” he said.
“Hopefully, with God’s good graces, right certainly would [win] over might and good triumphs over evil,” he added. “That’s the best that we could hope for right now.”