Friday, March 11, 2011

Makariv Bishop Serves Memorial at Shevchenko's Grave

At yesterday's commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the death of the renowned Ukrainian writer and poet Taras Shevchenko, auxiliary Bishop Hilariy of Makariv of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church served a memorial at Shevchenko's grave on Chernecha Hill in Kanev. More here. May his memory be eternal!

Shevchenko's writings are seen as being foundational to the formation of a standard Ukrainian language (much as Pushkin's works were for Russian) and the creation of a body of Ukrainian-language literature. Fundraising efforts have begun to construct a church over his grave in Cherkassy province.

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