The Saint and the Day
Since the onset of the full-scale russian invasion, our country has endured significant losses. The days of war have merged into one, yet some have left a lasting memory with their particular cruelty, inhumanity, and insane number of casualties. It is these days that I recall with today's exhibition, preserving the memory of them and invoking the saints. Every day, the church commemorates the memory of the holy martyrs. Many of them have been forgotten by us; their names are not popular in Ukraine, and we do not pray to them every day, even though each of them sacrificed their lives for our faith. Each work carries two meanings: the memory of the victims of russian aggression on a specific day and a tribute to the saint honoured on this day. The central theme is the Annunciation — an incredibly joyful event embodying hope for good news.
Days and Saints mentioned in the Exhibition:
March 11, 2022 - The shooting of a senior citizens' home in Kreminna resulted in the death of 56 people. We remember Saint Father Porphyrius, Bishop of Gaza
March 13, 2022 - Ballistic missiles killed 35 people at the Yavoriv Military Training Center. We remember the venerable Saint Cassian
March 16, 2022 - An aerial bomb was dropped on the Drama Theater in Mariupol. We remember martyrs Eutropius, Cleonicus, and Basilicus
March 19, 2022 - Russians bombed the School of Arts in Mariupol, where 400 people were seeking refuge. We remember the 42 Amorian Martyrs
March 29, 2022 - A missile strike destroyed the building of the Mykolaiv Regional State Administration, resulting in 37 deaths. We remember martyrs Savyn and Papias
April 2, 2022 - The discovery of hundreds of bodies in Bucha and neighbouring areas. We remember the venerable fathers killed by the Saracens in the Monastery of St. Sava
April 8, 2022 - A missile strike at the Kramatorsk Railway Square resulted in 59 deaths. We remember the Annunciation and the Cathedral of Archangel Gabriel
June 27, 2022 - A missile strike on the shopping centre in Kremenchuk led to the death of 21 people, and one person went missing. We remember the holy martyr Mykolay Charnetsky and the 24 Ukrainian martyrs.
July 1, 2022 - A rocket strike on the village of Serhiivka resulted in 21 casualties. We remember the martyr Leontius
July 9, 2022 - A missile strike on a residential building in Chasiv Yar caused 48 deaths. We remember the venerable David of Thessalonica
July 14, 2022 - A missile strike in the centre of Vinnytsia led to 25 casualties. We remember the holy unmercenaries and wonderworkers Cosmas and Damian
Night of July 28-29, 2022 - An explosion in Correctional Colony No. 120 in the occupied Olenivka resulted in the deaths of 53 captured Ukrainian Armed Forces, mainly from the Azov Regiment. We remember the holy equal-to-apostles, Great Duke Volodymyr, the sacred martyr Athenogenes, and his ten disciples
April 28, 2023 - A Russian missile hit a residential building in Uman, resulting in 23 deaths. We remember the saints Aristarchus, Pudens, and Trophimus
May 3, 2023 - Russian forces began massive shelling of the city of Kherson and settlements in the region, resulting in 17 deaths and 26 wounded. We remember St. Monk Theodore the Trihyne
July 6, 2023 - 10 deaths and 5 wounded. We remember Saint Agrippina. October 5, 2023 - In the village of Hroza, 51 people died, and 5 were wounded. We remember Saint Priest Jonah.