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Tuesday, 01 March 2022 14:50

Pray for peace in Ukraine

"We urge all member churches and all people of good will around the world to join us in prayer for peace for the people of Ukraine and the region." Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, Acting General Secretary, World Council of Churches

Read the statement from the WCC

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF), the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), the Conference of European Churches (CEC), and the World Methodist Council (WMC) also called for prayers of peace for the people of Ukraine and the region. Pope Francis has also invited Christians to pray and fast.

“Despite what is happening in Ukraine, I still believe that the international community can make a difference as we collectively work for peace in the region,” said Bishop Ivan Abrahams, General Secretary of the World Methodist Council.

"Together with our member churches we join the World Council of Churches (WCC) and others across the world in denouncing the use of armed forces in Ukraine. We lament the lives lost and the violence that has already taken place. We call on those in power to seek a path to peace that will save lives.” UCA President, Rev Sharon Hollis

And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.

James 3:18 (NRSV)

Prayer from the Uniting Church in Australia, UCA President, Rev Sharon Hollis 

   God of peace, God of mercy

We pray for the people of Ukraine,

We lament the violence that has come to their country

We ask for comfort for those who mourn, hope for those who despair and compassion for all who suffer.

We plead for an end to violence and aggression in their land

We pray for the people of Russia,

We give thanks for those who protest for peace and pray for ongoing courage

We ask for a change of heart in those who commit acts of aggression and war against their fellow citizens and neighbours

We pray for Russians who will suffer because of sanctions and war

We pray for leaders around the world

We pray that world leaders might work for an end to war and for establishing of peace

We seek wisdom for those who are making life and death decisions about how to respond to violence and threats of violence

We ask for courage for those who campaign for peace.

We pray for aid workers and journalists

We give thanks for the willingness of aid workers to work in situations of war and unrest in order to meet the needs of others

We ask for safety, wisdom and compassion for all working to alleviate suffering and heal the wounded

We pray for journalist and media organisations reporting the situation in Ukraine and Russia, may they report truthfully and compassionately.

We pray for peace

We lament violence around the world 

We plead for the ceasing of violence and the establishment of peace

We pray that you might give us a desire for peace and a willingness to work and hope and pray for peace each day. Amen 


The UCA National Assembly has provided other Prayer Resources here: https://uniting.church/praying-for-peace-in-ukraine/ 

Australian Catholic Bishop's Conference  Bishops call for peace in Ukraine, generous Australian response  
Storm heaven with prayers says Fr Simon Ckuj, Australian-Ukrainian Catholic Community  

“Prayer and knowing the whole world is praying for this is very important.” Fr Simon Ckuj

Anglican Church of Australia, The Most Reverend Geoffrey Smith, Archbishop of Adelaide and Primate of Australia  

Sovereign God,

We pray for the nation of Ukraine, its leaders and people.

We pray that you would make your presence known to them at this time of strife.

We pray for their protection and for an end to the Russian invasion.

We pray for the innocent, the frightened, the dispossessed, and those who have lost loved

ones, homes and family.

We pray that you would bless the endeavours of those who work for peace and an end to

this conflict.

Have mercy, we pray, on Ukraine.

May your peace rule in the hearts and minds of all.

Continue to stir up the leaders of the world to work together for the good of all.

We pray this in the name of Jesus, the

Prince of Peace. Amen.

Archbishops of Canterbury and York (Church of England)  

“As Christians, our response to a crisis must be rooted in prayer. We invite you to join with us in praying for an outpouring of the Spirit of God, that the world may once again choose peace.”

You can find liturgical resources on the Church of England website 

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, Archbishop Makarios  (from Orthodox Times)  

"This is not the world that Christ envisioned for the human race! This is not the teaching of our holy Gospels! The pursuit of war in our faith and conscience does not fit! It is the duty of every Orthodox Christian to bleed for peace!

From faraway Australia, we join our prayers with those of Metropolitan Epiphaniy of Kyiv and All Ukraine, and with the prayers of all the Ukrainian people." 

From the Ecumenical Patriarchate:  

The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew fraternally calls on the Local Orthodox Churches, as well as all Christians, but also every person of goodwill, in unceasing prayer for the Ukrainian people and for the prevalence of peace and justice in Ukraine.

Shocked by the invasion of the armed forces of the Russian Federation in the territory of Ukraine … the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew telephoned Metropolitan Epiphanios, Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, expressing his deep sorrow at this blatant violation of any notion of international law and legality, as well as his support to the Ukrainian people struggling “for God and country” and to the families of innocent victims.

His All-Holiness condemns this unprovoked attack by Russia against Ukraine, an independent and sovereign state of Europe, as well as the violation of human rights and the brutal violence against our fellow human beings and, above all, against civilians.

He prays to the God of love and peace to enlighten the leadership of the Russian Federation in order to understand the tragic consequences of its decisions and actions, which can even be the trigger for a global military conflict.

He calls on the leaders of all states, European institutions and international organizations to work for a peaceful settlement of this critical situation through candid dialogue, which is the only means of resolving any problem and facing any challenge.

Lutheran Church of Australia, LCA Bishop, Paul Smith  

God of love, justice and peace, we pray:

for political and military leaders, upon whose word lives are saved or taken; we pray that they will truly understand and appreciate the weight of moral responsibility they bear

for a swift end to military action and a renewed effort from all parties with a stake in this conflict to address the tensions between them through good-faith dialogue, genuine attempts to understand each other’s concerns, and flexibility in negotiations

for Ukrainian people and foreigners still in Ukraine who are most at risk while hostilities continue

for soldiers involved in this conflict and their families at home

for humanitarian organisations as they mobilise to meet people’s essential needs, and

for people displaced by conflict and for people of goodwill offering them shelter.

The Salvation Army Supports the People of Ukraine  

From leading worship in a bomb shelter, to providing food for those fleeing their homes, to comforting the traumatised, The Salvation Army is working around the clock to support those impacted by war.

“Pray for peace in this troubled time.

Pray for the safety of those who are fleeing and already displaced.

Pray that there will be adequate hospitality from neighbour countries.

Pray for faith and courage for every Christian, especially our officers (pastors) and soldiers.

Pray for the de-escalation of the battle so that the threat of life is no longer a reality.

Pray that leaders will find a way to dialogue and find a peaceful decision.”

Australian Salvation Army Officer Kelvin Pethybridge- from Chisinau, Moldova

God the Great One!” (Prayer for Ukraine)- a hymn that is familiar to most Ukrainians.  

This is the “national spiritual anthem” of Ukraine, МОЛИТВА ЗА УКРАЇНУ.  

This version on YouTube has a video with views of many different parts of the nation.   https://youtu.be/e4rW6cxRT_M 

The English lyrics are:

Lord, oh the Great and Almighty,

Protect our beloved Ukraine,

Bless her with freedom and light

Of your holy rays.


We pray, oh Lord Almighty,

Protect our beloved Ukraine,

Grant our people and country

All your kindness and grace.

With learning and knowledge enlighten

Us, your children small, 

In love pure and everlasting

Let us, oh Lord, grow. 


Bless us with freedom, bless us with wisdom,

Guide into kind world,

Bless us, oh Lord, with good fortune

For ever and evermore

























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