The Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia released the following prayer Feb. 6 in conjunction with the appeal for prayers for Ukraine.


Heavenly Father, your Son taught us “Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called Children of God.”

At this hour, we fervently pray that your Holy Spirit may inspire men and women in Ukraine to become Peacemakers. May they seek reconciliation and dialogue and end the violent confrontation and killing.

May they restore tranquility to their nation and restore human rights, democratic principles and religious liberty to their troubled land.

God, our Father, we beseech you to comfort the suffering, heal the wounded and accept the souls of the departed into your Heavenly Kingdom.

And may the Most Holy Mother of God extend her Blessed Mantle of Protection over Ukraine.

And may each of us always live our lives as instruments of your Peace.