Drying the tears of Ukraine

Drying the tears of Ukraine

This eleventh century icon adorns the vault of the chancel of Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv (or Kiev) in the Ukraine, a six-foot high mosaic depicting the Virgin with arms extended in the ancient attitude of prayer. The people of Kyiv believe that their city will always be safe as long as she continues to intercede for them. That help has never been so needed as in recent weeks since the Russian invasion.

Look carefully, and you will notice an embroidered handkerchief tucked into Mary’s belt. Ukrainians would say that it is for wiping away people’s tears when they come to her with their problems and sorrows. May Our Lady be a compassionate friend to the Ukrainian people at this time of such terrible suffering.

 

Hail, Holy Queen,

Mother of Mercy,

Hail, our life,

our sweetness

and our hope…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look carefully, and you will notice an embroidered handkerchief tucked into Mary’s belt. Ukrainians would say that it is for wiping away people’s tears when they come to her with their problems and sorrows. May Our Lady be a compassionate friend to the Ukrainian people at this time of such terrible suffering.

 

Hail, Holy Queen,

Mother of Mercy,

Hail, our life,

our sweetness

and our hope…