Kharkiv volunteers, doctors, soldiers, priests, deputies and businessmen recorded video “Molytva za Ukrainu” (“Prayer for Ukraine”), dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence.
Kharkivens took turns to utter words of solemn prayer, “Lord, oh the Great and Almighty, protect our beloved Ukraine,” and asked God for the world, a happy future for the country.
BACKGROUND: “Prayer for Ukraine” – a solemn piece of music known as the church hymn of Ukraine. Music – Mykola Lysenko, words – Oleksandr Konysky. “Prayer for Ukraine” was written in 1885. Performed in Ukrainian temples on major holidays.
Independence Day (August 24) is a national public holiday in Ukraine. Prior to 1991, Ukraine was a constituent republic of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.). On August 24, 1991, after a failed coup in Moscow, Ukraine declared its independence. About 90 percent of Ukrainians voted for their country’s independence following this declaration, on December 1, 1991.
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