As a sign of solidarity and closeness with our European neighbour, Ukraine, clergy throughout the island of Ireland will participate in a special day of prayer for peace this Wednesday, 14 September 2022.
The date for the Day of Prayer has been chosen as 14 September, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, which is celebrated in a particularly solemn way in the Eastern Rite. On Wednesday it is envisaged that liturgies will include a prayer for peace in Ukraine during Mass, and that an opportunity for silent Eucharistic Adoration will also be provided on that day.
Archbishop Eamon Martin said, “As a gesture of solidarity with the people of Ukraine, who have been stricken by war since the 24 February, it is proposed that a day of prayer be held throughout the whole continent. I welcome this powerful prayerful initiative and invite everyone to pray in a special way for peace in Ukraine on Wednesday.”
A prayer for Ukraine
Almighty and Great God,
accept our gratitude for your boundless mercy towards us.
Hear the supplication of our afflicted hearts for the land and people of Ukraine,
as they confront foreign aggression and invasion.
Open the eyes of those who have been overtaken by a spirit of deception and violence, that they be horrified by their works.
Grant victory over the powers of evil that have arisen and bless Ukraine with your gifts of liberty, peace, tranquility, and good fortune.
We implore you, O Merciful God,
look with grace upon those who courageously defend their land. Remember the mothers and fathers, the innocent children,
widows and orphans, the disabled and helpless,
those seeking shelter and refuge,
who reach out to you and to their fellow human beings looking for mercy and compassion.
Bless the hearts of those who have already shown great generosity and solidarity, and those who prepare to receive their Ukrainian brothers and sisters in Ukraine’s greatest time of need.
Bring us together as your children, your creation,
and instil in us your strength, wisdom and understanding.
May you be praised and glorified,
now and forever, and to the ages of ages.
Composed by Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski