Prayer and Devotion

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,
Amen!

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