The Archbishop of Canterbury's Prayer for Ukraine, Justin Welby

As the Russian army invaded Ukraine on Thursday, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell issued a prayer for the country at war. They call on Christians to pray on Sunday “for Ukraine, for Russia and for peace”.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell released a prayer for Ukraine shared on Twitter by Justin Welby on Wednesday evening.

“God of peace and justice,
we pray for the Ukrainian people today.
We pray for peace and the laying down of arms:
We pray for all who fear for tomorrow,
may your Spirit of consolation draw near to them
We pray for those who have power over war or peace,
for wisdom, discernment and compassion
to guide their decisions.
Above all, we pray for all of your precious children, to
that you would like to hold and protect them.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
Amen. "

While the Russian army invaded Ukraine on Thursday morning, the two English archbishops also published a joint statement in which they condemn the Russian attack claiming that it is an "evil" act. They urge Christians to pray on Sunday February 27 “for Ukraine, for Russia and for peace”.

“The horrific and unprovoked attack on Ukraine is an evil act. We call on Christians to make this Sunday a day of prayer for Ukraine, for Russia and for peace. »

Additionally, they said they support Pope Francis' call for a world day of fasting and prayer for peace, Wednesday, March 2.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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