Pray for peace in Ukraine

An unjust war is never a solution to disagreement among nations. The callous disregard for the sanctity of human life and the necessity of a just society scars the human family and wounds the souls of those who perpetuate violence.  

Let us join all people of good will in praying for a softening of the hearts of those who are inflicting so much suffering upon the citizens of Ukraine. We also pray for those in leadership, that they may have the wisdom to know how to build peace and the fortitude to persevere in their efforts.  

On Ash Wednesday, as we begin the holy season of Lent, we join with Catholics throughout the world in observing a day of fasting and prayer for peace.

Bishop W. Shawn McKnight

Prayer for Peace

Lord God of peace, hear our prayer!

We have tried so many times and over so many years
to resolve our conflicts by our own powers and by the force of our arms.
But our efforts have been in vain.

Now, Lord, come to our aid!

Grant peace in Ukraine;
guide our steps and give us the courage to say: “Never again war!”
Instill in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.

Bless the leaders with wisdom, vision and perseverance to build together a world of justice and solidarity,
and to break down walls of hostility and division.

To you we entrust all families
and pray that they may never yield to discouragement and despair,
but become heralds of new hope to one another in this challenging time.

May you continue to inspire all of us to oneness of heart and mind,
to work generously for the common good,
to respect the dignity of every person
and the fundamental rights which have their origin in the image and likeness of God impressed upon every human being.

Grant eternal rest to the dead and quick recovery to the wounded.

Through Christ our Lord,

Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us.

St. Josaphat, patron of Ukraine, pray for us.

Adapted from Pope Francis and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops