Archbishop Nelson J. Pérez is encouraging Catholics throughout the five-county region to show continued concern for the people of Ukraine and Ukrainians in the United States by praying a special prayer for peace in Ukraine for the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord on Good Friday.

In his Feb. 24 statement on the one-year anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Archbishop Pérez said, “On behalf of all people in the Church of Philadelphia, I express our continued prayerful solidarity with those embroiled by the conflict in Ukraine as well as Ukrainians in our region and throughout the world.”

The special intention below has been provided to parishes throughout the Archdiocese.

XI.For peace in Ukraine

Let us pray, dearly beloved, for the people in Ukraine, and in all war zones of the

world, for those who have fled the dread of violence and have been deprived of their

homes, for all men and women who stand up with their lives to ward off evil and to

protect the weak and the persecuted.

Prayer in silence. Then the Priest says:

Almighty and eternal God, you have compassion for the lowly and the poor, but

you cast down oppressors. As you guided Israel out of slavery in Egypt, so in our

days save all victims of war and violence. Change the hearts of evildoers and let

peace be victorious. Through Christ our Lord.