The Holodomor of 1933 – Evil

When confronted by an event as horrifying as the Holodomor of 1933 we come to face with the unvarnished ugliness of evil. It is the incomprehensibility of the acts of murder on such a vast scale that stops us in our tracks and put into question the very goodness of creation. This event seems to shout at us: there is no God, there is no sense in existence but only suffering and frustration...

Forgiveness – The Eucharist

It is the immeasurable mystery in Christianity that enables suffering to meet with and embrace thanksgiving. This is the essence of the Eucharist - to offer thanks to God for His creation although creation is presently marred by sin. But when we face the Holodomor we are struck with the incongruity of seeing a benevolent God behind the bloody history that envelopes mankind...


During that nightmarish year of 1933, somewhere between 7-10 million people died, one-third of whom were children...
Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Vancouver, British Columbia


One of the imprints of death on a human life is the silence that it places on the once living human being. And the Holodomor of 1933 silenced many people for no other reason than that they spoke words in a language which was branded as unacceptable.
UOCC Sobor and Centenary


It seems incongruous to speak about love when talking about a man-made famine, and yet it is only normal and natural for humans to refer to love under all circumstances.

Justice and Mercy

It almost seems incongruous to speak about justice when reflecting on the Holodomor because this word becomes absurd in the light of what transpired in 1933. What justice are we talking about? The event is so horrendous that it boggles the mind trying to grasp it.


Hope is a necessary component to being human. All tyrants, all who commit crimes against humanity always attack hope and take it away from the victims because they know how important hope is for humans, for remaining human.