ORLYK HOLD CANDLES TO THE VICTIMS OF HOLODOMOR

26.11.12




By Bohdan Ratycz.

A remembrance service for Holodomor victims was held at the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Manchester on 24 November. Father Martyniuk said a Mass and Panachyda during which he gave a homily dedicated to Holodomor, the man made famine in Ukraine in 1932-33.

At the Panachyda members of the Orlyk Dance Ensemble dressed in national costumes but wearing a black armband held candles throughout the service. Also in attendance were all the local community organisations with their respective flags.

Children from the Saturday School and Ukrainian Youth Association recited short poems about Holodomor in both English and Ukrainian. The poems explained why Holodomor was genocide against Ukrainians, both in Kuban and Ukraine. Close to 2pm the Ukrainian Community in Manchester symbolically joined Ukraine in a two minute silence for the innocent victims. The short commemoration finished with the community singing ‘’God Eternal’’.

The following day, Sunday 25th November there was a free showing of a new film ‘’Holodomor-Ukraine’s Genocide’’. The film was made by Bobby Leigh and Marta Tomkiw in Hollywood, USA and released this year. The community was captivated by the compelling stories, the historical background to the Holodomor and the horrendous graphic details of the Holodomor.

The general consensus was the film was highly recommended and should be seen by everybody especially English speaking people in England.

The film can be purchased on a dedicated website www.HOLODOMORTheMovie.com

 

 



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