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SEATTLE – Ukrainian churches pray for help.

“Of course, we reacted with shock,” said Andrei Matlak, the parish priest of the Ukrainian Holy Trinity Mission. “Destruction in our hearts and souls for what is happening to our families.”

Most parishioners said there was still a family in Ukraine. Matlak told Fox News that since then more people have attended church to pray Russia attacked.

Ukrainian churches in the United States have been witnessing an influx of parishioners since the crisis began.
(Fox News)

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“Since it all started to go, we have a lot of people joining,” Matlak said.

While Matlak is conducting prayers in Seattle, U.S. National Orthodox Church Archbishop Daniel Zelinsky is doing the same in New Jersey. On Monday, he led nearly 600 people in prayer at the National Ukrainian Church.

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“People from different walks of life came to us and supported Ukrainians,” Zelinka said.

Churches hold special prayer sessions for victims and families.

Churches hold special prayer sessions for victims and families.
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The Ukrainian Orthodox Church has already raised about $ 500,000 nationwide. The money goes to medical and humanitarian aid.

“Many people enter through the church door,” Zelinsky said. “I leave the flowers. I leave financial donations. “

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This is more than the Ukrainians.

“I did not expect such support from people who are not Ukrainians,” said the treasurer of the parish of the Ukrainian mission of the Holy Trinity Oksana Pierce. “It’s Americans, Americans of Asian descent. That’s all. Everyone supports us.”

Ukrainian churches are witnessing an influx of support.

Ukrainian churches are witnessing an influx of support.
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Pierce was on the streets and raising money to help her family and others who are still in Ukraine. She hopes that the first donations are just the beginning.

“At the level of the catastrophe I see, we need a lot of help,” Pierce complained.

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