To mark the anniversary of the creation of the Military Chaplaincy Service, several events took place at the War Museum – a briefing of the head of the Military Chaplaincy Service of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Oleksii Tereshchuk and the opening of the museum exhibition dedicated to chaplains “With a Prayer for the Army”.
The event started with Oleksii Tereshchuk’s report about the development of chaplaincy within the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
In his welcoming speech, Director General of the War Museum Yurii Savchuk noted about the importance of choosing our museum location as the place for the briefing: “Museum staff and chaplains have a similar mission, because our work concerns the spiritual world of man”. The director of the Museum also invited the guests after the event to a curator’s excursion on the exhibition “With a Prayer for the Army” created by Iryna Kotsabiuk.
Colonel-General Mykola Balan who is Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine emphasized the special importance of the spiritual support of our defenders during their stay on the front line. He also presented military chaplains with state awards.
A real surprise was the gift given to the Museum on behalf of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhnyi – an ancient icon. Now the valuable artifact is a part of the museum collection.
The official part of the event ended with a moment of silence in memory of the chaplains who died during their stay in the war zone, and a prayer for Ukraine: “God is great, one, save Ukraine for us”.
With God in their hearts and daily prayers, our guests will soon return to their brothers in arms. In addition, the Museum will continue its mission – to tell about Ukrainian military chaplains, the saviors of souls.