Pray for Ukraine

Sunday 3rd April has been chosen as a day where many people may wish to visit a church to pray for the country of Ukraine and its people.   

Both St Bartholomew’s and St Christopher’s churches are open during the daytime, where inside you will find a candlestand and stock of candles.  You are most welcome to come to either church. You may find the prayers below helpful.

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A Prayer for Ukraine

God of peace and justice, we pray for the people of Ukraine today. We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons. We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow, that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them. We pray for those with power over war or peace, for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions. Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear, that you would hold and protect them. We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen

A Prayer for the People of Ukraine

God of peace, your prophet Isaiah promised
swords would be turned into ploughshares,
and your son’s mother Mary proclaimed
the mighty would be put down and the humble exalted:
visit the people of Ukraine;
deliver them from fear, violence,
attack, injury, destruction, death;
and give them courage, solidarity and allies
in their hour of vulnerability and sorrow.
Turn the hearts of those bent on war and invasion.
Strengthen the hand of all seeking to halt conflict,
restore order, and pursue justice.
And make this moment of peril
an occasion for your Holy Spirit to show your world
the cost of conflict and our dependence on one another.
In Christ our Lord, who went to his death because of our hatred,
and rose again because our hatred
is never stronger than your indomitable love.