“Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of God”. (Matthew 5:9)
Anyone turning on the news lately may be aware that some really bad things are happening in a country called Ukraine. Ukraine has been on the brink of civil war for a few months, and there have been loud and often violent protests in Kiev, the capital city, where special riot police and protesters have been facing off since the demonstrators tried to force their way into the parliament building last Sunday. Two demonstrators have been shot dead since the weekend which has only served to inflame the crowd that has responded with molotov cocktails and thrown stones.
I found this short news item about monks from the nearby Kiev Caves monastery who have inserted themselves between the police and protesters since early Tuesday morning. The story is noteworthy because the monks have thus far been successful in preventing the two sides from attacking one another. The monks are out there right now singing and praying in shifts, and show no sign of leaving until the situation is stabilized. I’m also seeing other clergy present in news photos from elsewhere around the web doing much the same thing.
The Orthodox Christian monastery of the Kiev Caves was founded almost 1,000 years ago and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was established in 1051 A.D. and functioned until 1926 when it was forcibly closed by the communist authorities in Ukraine. It was reopened in 1988 a few years before the Soviet Union dissolved and Ukraine become an independent nation.
The full story is published at OrthoChristian.com