St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Hempstead holds special service for families in homeland
Prayers for Ukraine held at St. Vladimir’s as Russia’s nuclear forces go on high alert
Parishioners arrived at St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Catholic Church on Sunday morning to pray for peace in their homeland.
As Russian forces continue their invasion of Ukraine, many on Long Island are worried about their families and friends. Early Sunday morning, Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered Russian nuclear forces to be put on high alert in response to severe economic sanctions ordered by the West.
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During Sunday Mass, Father Wasyl Hrynkiw prayed for the protection of the people of Ukraine.
“We offer this liturgy for the salvation for Ukraine…and for the protection of God for the innocent people who are killed by Russian soldiers – children, mothers, elderly who are brutally killed,” prayed Father Hrynkiw.
Parishioner Vasil Sydork tells News 12 the only thing they can do is show their support.
Uniondale resident John Zarudsky says he hopes Ukraine can survive the Russian invasion.
“We’re proud of the nation,” says Zarudsky.