90 Річниця ГОЛОДОМОРУ: Молитовне Вшанування Жертв Штучноствореного Голодомору в Україні
The walls of the 19th century St. Patrick Cathedral in New York, NY were filled with several thousands of people and solemn chanting of a Memorial service, honoring the memory of about 10 million people, the victims of the artificially created Genocide-Famine in Ukraine of 1932-1933.
On Saturday, November 19, 2022, the Ukrainian community, under the leadership of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) held its now annual requiem service to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of Ukraine’s Genocide of 1932-1933, known in Ukrainian as the Holodomor. The clergy and hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox and Catholic Churches (His Eminence Metropolitan Antony and Archbishop Daniel of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, and His Excellency Metropolitan Borys Gudziak and Bishop Paul Chomytsky of the Ukrainian Catholic Church) led this year’s Memorial Pahankhyda for the repose of the souls of the millions of innocent victims of the Ukrainian Genocide of 1932-1933.
Following the requiem service, representatives from the United States government and the Diplomatic Corps of Ukraine were offered an opportunity to deliver remarks. Among the speakers were Metropolitan Boryz Gudziak of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia, Metropolitan Antony of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, US Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Mr. Andrew Weinstein – Representative of the United States, General Assembly of the United Nations, Mr. Sergíy Kyslytsya - Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the United Nations and Mr. Michael Sawkiw, Vice President of The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA) and Director of the Ukrainian National Information Service (UNIS).
The Dumka Choir, under the direction of maestro Vasyl Hrechynsky chanted solemn responses to a Memorial Panakhyda for the Famine victims.
The Genocide of 1932-1933 is one of the darkest pages in the history of the Ukrainian nation. Up to 10 million innocent victims were starved to death through a deliberate Soviet policy aimed at crushing the nationally conscious Ukrainian peasantry. The Ukrainian Genocide ranks among the worst cases of man’s inhumanity towards man and is perhaps the most extreme example of the use of food as a weapon.