Photo by Media Center Ukraine – Odesa: archpriest Theodor Orobets, Secretary of the Odesa Diocese of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine
March 30, 2023, 15:53

50 priests of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine are serving on the front line right now – the secretary of the Odesa diocese

Five of them are representatives of the Odessa diocese. All of them are chaplains. Archpriest Theodor Orobets, secretary of the Odesa Diocese of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, told about this during a briefing at Media Center Ukraine – Odesa.

“When a soldier is in a difficult situation on the frontline, he turns to God, he prays, communicates, and receives God’s instructions. 5 priests of our diocese are on the frontline. In total 50 priests of the OCU serve on the front line. I don’t know if this is the first line or not, but they are next to Ukrainian fighters. And this is very important for a soldier and very responsible for the church,” – Theodor Orobets said.

He also added that the diocese has been trying to help the Ukrainian army since the first days of the full-scale invasion.

“Soldiers are our defenders, brothers, sisters, parishioners. We try to provide everything except weapons. These are gaiters, periscopes, night vision devices, drones, uniforms. If the soldiers need something, we find a way to help. But the first of all our mission is to pray, provide spiritual support, spiritual rehabilitation, and work in hospitals. This is the work of the church with Ukrainian soldiers,” – the priest said.

He added that anyone who wants to help Ukrainian soldiers and IDPs have to contact the Odesa Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine at Pastera Street, 5.

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