This week's Prayer for Ukraine

Holy God, we hold before You all who live close to war and conflict

and all who live close to the threat of war and violence.

We remember the people of Ukraine and Russia and pray for a peaceful resolution to conflict.     Give us all hearts of hospitality and sanctuary, forgive us  for all hostility and hatred.

Bring all people to the humanity you gave us and to the reconciliation and healing                   for which You gave Your life.

Strengthen us all to work with You to bring justice and peace, reconciliation and healing,              in our hearts and homes, in our streets, in all communities, neighbourhoods and nations.

Bless all who live lives for the peace and wellbeing of others, and make their service fruitful.

In the Name of Christ.    Amen

Inderjit Bhogal , honorary president, Fellowship of Reconciliation

Rev. Volery Antonyuk, President of the Ukrainian Baptist Union, praying in Lviv at Easter


                         Our Great Almighty Lord and God                                                                                             

                          Creator of the universe, we worship You, we glorify You

                          These are joyful Easter days

                          Thank you for the Lord Jesus Christ, for His resurrection,

                           For victory over the powers of evil and death.

                           And today all of Ukraine, the people in Ukraine, call upon You.

                           We worship You, living God and we ask for Your mercy.

                           May Your hand be stretched out over our people. Give us peace and blessings

                           And wherever evil is, that we will overcome it by Your power.                          

                           We believe in You, we love You, we worship you

                           Yesterday, today and forever as a living God.

                           May Your name be blessed and glorified in heaven and earth.

                            In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit                                        Amen

Pastor Mykhailo Panochko in Lviv at Easter

Our Heavenly Father

In the name of Jesus Christ whom You sent to the world to die for our sins,
and to be resurrected for our jusification.

We give You thanks that You sent Your Son, not to judge but to save people,
to save us from our sins.

We thank You for the light of Your Sons resurrection.

We are grateful to You for this wonderful country we live in

We are grateful to You for the land of our parents and grandparents.

For the wonderful, fertile land of Ukraine, we thank You.
However great sorrow and trouble have come to our country.

A great wound was opened and rivers of tears and blood flowed in our country.                  

May our hands of prayer be supported by all the nations of the world.

                 For Your glory, Father and Son and Holy Spirit                                  Amen

A prayer for Ukraine by Sally Foster-Fulton, Head of Nations and Church Relations


Borders, barricades, bewilderment…
When the bargaining begins,                                                                                
God please protect peace.

Sanctions, security measured in minutes and it’s scary…
When safety scatters,
God please protect peace.

War dresses up in peace-keeper’s clothes,
Troops amass, the ground trembles and so do people…
When the future feels fragile,
God please protect peace.

The littlest, the least likely to have a say,
Those whose lives are sanctioned and bargained over –
Violence always finds them first.                                                                                                                           And the ‘oh-so-important’ political maneuvers mean nothing to them.
They just want to live.                                                                                                                                                When the winners want to wipe them out of the way,
God please protect peace.

We will not turn away. We will stand together –                                                 
God give us the strength to protect peace.                                        



  Almighty God, we pray for an end to the violence of war in Ukraine

We pray that You would change the head, heart and plans of President Vladimir Putin

We pray for protection for all especially the most vulnerable

For families who are separated

For all those who are conscripted and forced to fight against their will

For the displaced and those who welcome them

For those who have stayed in places of extreme danger

For all who offer help and resources and all who ensure that resources reach the places where they are most needed

For those who grieve and mourn the loss of peace and security and loss of life

For the  healing of all who will experience physical, emotional and spiritual trauma

Lord, we pray that Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven                     Amen


           God of the nations, whose sovereign rule brings justice and peace,
have mercy on our broken and divided world.
Shed abroad your peace in the hearts of all
and banish from them the spirit that makes for war,
that all races and peoples may learn to live
as members of one family
and in obedience to your law,
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.                  


                                                                          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. 



                      Loving God, your Son Jesus Christ, wept over Jerusalem. 
Today, we weep over Ukraine.

We weep for those uprooted from their homes and lives.

We weep for those cowering in basements.

We weep for those who have witnessed death and destruction on their streets.

We weep for those separated from parents, from children, from spouses and siblings.

We are amazed at the resilience of people seeking to comfort those in need and so we pray for Governments opening up borders so that Ukrainians can have safe passage.

We pray for churches and individuals providing food, clothing and shelter.

We pray for medical workers ensuring that shattered bodies are put back together again.

We pray for ordinary Russians demonstrating and voicing their disapproval of the military actions in Ukraine.

May the Holy Spirit give us the willpower to turn our tears into action also.

May we, through our words, prayers and example pursue the things that make for a just peace in the world today and especially in Ukraine.

In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen   

 from Dilys Ward 

Loving God,
we pray for the people of Ukraine,
for all those suffering or afraid,
that you will be close to them and protect them.
We pray for world leaders for compassion,
strength and wisdom 
to guide their choices.
We pray for the world that in moments of crisis 
we may reach out in solidarity to our brothers and sisters in need

May we walk in Your ways so that peace and justice
become a reality for the people of Ukraine and for the world.


               from Worcester Cathedral                 

Lord of all the earth,
be present with the people of Ukraine
at this time of danger, fear and conflict.
Grant that wise and peaceable counsels may yet prevail,  
and give to all suffering nations
the freedom they desire and deserve.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. 


                                Prince of peace, Lord of light, God of grace                                       
As we hear of war and invasion, we pray to You for peace.
In a world of conflict and violence, we pray for all who live in fear,         
especially today the people of Ukraine.
We lament with You, and pray for peace.
Prince of peace, Lord of light, God of grace,
                         Show us how to pray for peace today                          



Next are extracts from a letter sent by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Christians in Great Britain

Dear Sisters and Brothers, Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not let them be afraid. John 14.27

 Many of us will have troubled hearts as we watch with horror the attack by Russia on Ukraine. As we have already said, this attack is an act of evil, imperilling as it does the relative peace and security that Europe has enjoyed for so long.
The attack by one nation on a free, democratic country has rightly provoked outrage, sanctions and condemnation.
 We lament with the people of Ukraine, and we pray for the innocent, the frightened and those who have lost loved ones, homes, and family. We continue to call for a ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian forces as well as wide-ranging efforts to ensure peace, stability and security.

These events remind us powerfully that peace is precious and it is fragile. In Chapter 14 of John’s Gospel, Jesus speaks to his disciples at the Last Supper and he leaves them his peace. This is not a mere greeting, but rather something deep and abiding. This peace is something that only Jesus gives; for it is a gratuitous gift, a way of living, something to be received for the gift of peace is the gift of Jesus himself. That is why the Lord is able to offer reassurance to our hearts, why those who receive the gift of the peace of Jesus Christ at the deepest of levels should not be afraid. Peace, therefore, is so much more than the absence of war. It is a gift, and it is also a decision, a gift that must be received. It is a choice we make that shapes the w

 In these days of uncertainty and fear, we pray that each of us might again turn to the Lord and receive God’s gift of peace, work for God’s justice, know God’s reconciliation and love, and choose paths not of hatred or destruction, of violence or retribution, but God’s way of justice, mercy and peace.

As Christians, our response to a crisis must always be rooted in prayer. And so we invite you to join with us in praying most earnestly for an outpouring of the Spirit of God, that the world may once again choose peace, strengthening those international bodies that enable us to work and live together as one humanity inhabiting one world.
 We pray for those in Ukraine who suffer grievously, for all who take decisions around the world,
and for the people and leaders of Russia too. 

However and whenever you pray, pray that the world may choose peace, and be assured of our prayers for you.