Vespers for Ukrainian Independence Day 

Wednesday 23 August 2023 – 6:30 pmvespers-ukraine

Fr Gary officiated

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This was a wonderfully moving service of Vespers held in the Cathedral to celebrate Ukrainian Independence Day

In this way we wanted to show our continuing support for the suffering people of Ukraine.

Fr Gary officiated, assisted by Deacons Simon and Paul Conrad.

Music was provided by the Cathedral Choir led by our Director of Music, Andrew Wright, with Stephen King at the organ.

We were very pleased to welcome the Mayor of Brentwood, Councillor Gareth Barrett.

The Service was streamed live on Cathedral Music Facebook – see below for some edited extracts.

The Service began with a piece of Ukrainian music ,‘Two Colours’ , beautifully sung by one of our Ukrainian choristers, Alina-Marie.  (See below)

Maidi B read from Ephesians, and later Natalia, the mother of Alina-Marie, read the intercessions in Ukrainian. She did this at short notice owing to the indisposition of the original reader.

Video Extracts from the Service

Prayer for Ukraine – Mykola Lysenko

Psalm 115 – I tusted …


Audio Extracts from the Service

Two Colours   (in Ukrainian)


Prayer for Ukraine  (in Ukrainian)


Psalm 115 – I trusted  you


Psalm 125 – When the Lord delivered …


Canticle – God the Saviour


Our Father – (in Ukrainian)


Cherubic Hymn – (in Ukrainian)


vespers-ukraineAndrew Wright, Cathedral Director of Music

Order of Service


Cлава Україна – Slava Ukraina

Many thanks to David Worsfold for his great organisational skills

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