Prayer for Ukraine

Prayers Across Europe for Peace in Ukraine

Prayer for Ukraine

God our deliverer,
when the foundations are shaken
and justice has departed,
defend the poor and needy
and give your people strength to fight all wrong
in the name of your Son, 

Jesus Christ our Lord. 


Hymn –  O God, our Help in Ages Past

The Kyrie Confession

God of love,
turn our hearts to your ways;
and give us peace.

We have seen injustice and done too little.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

We have given up on the work that makes for peace.

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

We have neglected the neighbour who is far away.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

God of love,
turn our hearts to your ways;
and give us peace.

Declaration of Forgiveness

Forgiveness, grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

(cf Philippians 1:2)

At the request of the Chief Rabbi of Ukraine we say:

Psalm 31:1-5, 21-24

In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge;

let me never be put to shame; 

deliver me in your righteousness.

Incline your ear to me;

make haste to deliver me.

Be my strong rock, a fortress to save me,

for you are my rock and my stronghold; 

guide me, and lead me for your name’s sake.

Take me out of the net

that they have laid secretly for me, 

for you are my strength.

Into your hands I commend my spirit,

for you have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth. 

Blessed be the Lord!

For he has shown me his steadfast love

when I was as a city besieged.

I had said in my alarm,

‘I have been cut off from the sight of your eyes.’

Nevertheless, you heard the voice of my prayer 

when I cried out to you. 

Love the Lord, all you his servants;

for the Lord protects the faithful,

but repays to the full the proud.

Be strong and let your heart take courage,

all you who wait in hope for the Lord.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, 

and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now,

and shall be for ever.


New Testament Reading: Luke 1:67-79.

Anthem – Victory is Ours


God of peace and justice,

send your blessing on the people of Ukraine.

Sustain them in their courage,

hold them in their fear,

protect them from all danger

and be for them the hope they desire;

for Jesus Christ’s sake.

Lord God of hosts,

we pray for those who choose war this day,

taking the blood of others.

You set before us the day 

when swords will be turned into ploughshares,

so direct the leaders of the world 

to seek the peace and courage 

of the one who made peace, 

not by blood taken, but by blood given,

our Saviour, Jesus Christ. 


The Collect for Peace

O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels,

and all just works do proceed;

give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give; 

that both, our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments,

and also that, by thee,

we being defended from the fear of our enemies

may pass our time in rest and quietness;

through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour.


The Collect for Aid against all Perils

Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord;

and by thy great mercy defend us

from all perils and dangers of this night;

for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.


The Lord’s Prayer 

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.

(Or in Ukrainian)

Отче наш, що єси на небесах,

Нехай святиться Ім’я Твоє.

Хай прийде Царство Твоє,

нехай буде воля Твоя

Як на небі, так і на землі

Хліб наш насущний дай нам сьогодні.

І прости нам провини наші,

як і ми прощаємо винуватцям нашим.

І не введи нас у спокусу,

але визволи нас від лукавого.

Бо Твоє є Царство, і сила, і слава



The Blessing

The peace of God, 

which passes all understanding, 

keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, 

and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; 

and the blessing of God almighty, 

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, 

be among you and remain with you always. 


Song – Nunc Dimittis (Taizé #16)

The Dismissal

Go in the peace of Christ.

Thanks be to God

Diocese in Europe, March 2022

St Vincent's Chapel, Edinburgh, the village church at the heart of the city.