Today, the day of St. Ilia of Pechersk is best known as Ilya Murom, the defender of the Orthodox faith and Russia-Ukraine, a hero of the epic tales of ancient Rus’. After passing a warrior mode, he decided to change a chain mail to a nun cassock and keep the fight on a spiritual battlefield. St. Ilia combines in herself the double ideal of a warlike Church and of a hero and an ascetic.
At the same time, today is the birthday of Stepan Bandera, not only an outstanding fighter for the freedom of the Ukrainian people, but also a faithful Christian and a fighter against anti-Christian Bolshevism, the consequences of which are now the consequences of which cultural influence the world. western. Even now his name arouses horror and hatred among Ukraine’s enemies.
In his works of 1957, Stepan Bandera wrote: “Religion, its defense in the face of the onslaught of evil communism, true confession and the maintenance of the living Christian faith is the most important thing not only of the Church itself, but of the whole people, of all national forces, especially the national liberation movement. We will not separate the defense of the Christian faith and the Church from the national liberation struggle, but we will focus the main attention and main efforts around the most important accusations against the which the enemy directs the strongest offensive “.