On Wednesday 21 February 2024, a three-day vigil of prayer dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the Heavenly Hundred and the 2nd anniversary of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine began at the Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in North Melbourne.
Parishioners and local Plast and CYM members gathered to pay honour and respect to all the heroes who gave their lives for a free and independent Ukraine. A Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts and a panakhyda memorial service were held. The service was led by Bishop Mykola Bychok, in concelebration with the clergy of the Cathedral Church: Fr Andriy Mykytyuk, Fr Myroslav Vons, Deacon Mykhailo Zhylan, and Fr Ihor Holovko from Perth.
After the joint prayer, Bishop Mykola addressed the faithful and shared his memories of the events of the Revolution of Dignity. He drew attention to the importance, albeit tragic, of the next few days: “During these few days, Ukrainians scattered all over the globe will gather together in churches for prayer, will go to the central squares of cities to demonstrate, and all in order to make their small contribution to a just peace and the victory of our Motherland over the occupier.”
Thanks to the efforts of the Referent of the Plast Seniory, pl. sen. Jarema Polatajko, a memorial table was presented with photos of 48 Plast members who died over the past two years of war, keeping their oaths to be faithful to God and Ukraine.
All the names of the fallen Plast heroes were solemnly read out.
Bulava UPS plans to send the plaque to Adelaide to be displayed between the permanent exhibits of the Plast Museum.
For those interested, there is an opportunity to watch a live recording of the solemn service on YouTube.

To date, the recording has had over 200 views.

Thank you to Bulava UPS for organising this event and for all those that attended. watched at home.

Eternal memory to the heroes!

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