On Wednesday, July 25 the Czestochowa icon arrived from Sum - eastern Ukraine to Kiev. Our Lady is in Ukraine at the invitation of the Orthodox Metropolitan Vladimir Moscow Patriarchate.
At approx. 15:00 for the first time organized in Kiev, a car rally in defense of life started. It was attended by approximately 40 cars and about 80 people who have for years been involved in the defense of life.
Of course, one of the cars carried the icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa. For Ukrainian Pro-life leaders it was a big event. Cars covered with pro-life banners and posters, and with flags in the windows and happy faces. It looked very festive and aroused great interest of passersby. Police directing the traffic did not allow others to overtake the cavalcade of cars.
Welcoming of the icon, liturgy and personal prayer took place in the Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas in the Makarowskim region of Kiev. Crowds of people came to greet Our Lady and waited for a long time for the possibility of individual prayer and touching of the icon.