Prayers for those in Ukraine

Thursday February 24th 2022

In the wake of overnight developments in Ukraine, the Bishop of Connor has asked people to join him in praying for those whose lives have been turned upside down following the overnight invasion by Russia.

Bishop George Davison today shared on social media a Prayer circulated by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Archbishop Stephen Cottrell.

The Church of Ireland’s Liturgical Advisory Committee has also provided the following prayers in a time of war in the Ukraine for use in parishes.

O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world:
We commend to your merciful care the people and government of Ukraine
that, being guided by your providence, they may dwell secure in your peace.
Grant to their leaders and all in authority,
wisdom and strength to know and to do your will.
Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness,
and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve their people;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit
may so move every human heart in the nations of the world,
that working and witnessing together,
we may live in justice and peace
and change the hearts of those who would make for conflict and war;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God,
who has knit together in one family all the nations of the earth:
remove far from us the evil of war.
Pour out upon the leaders of the nations your spirit of peace,
restrain the passions of those who plan aggression,
strengthen the hands of those who strive for justice and peace
and hasten the time when the kingdoms of this world
shall become the kingdom of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Almighty Father,
whose will is to restore all things
in your beloved Son, the king of all:
Govern the hearts and minds of those in authority,
and bring the families of the nations,
divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin,
to be subject to his just and gentle rule;
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.


Our Father, who art in heaven:
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory
for ever and ever.  Amen.


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