Praying for peace in Ukraine

Today, several of our parishioners –with many others from around CT– made the journey to The Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in Litchfield to join Bishop Paul and several of the clergy to pray for peace in Ukraine.

Here are some action photos.

We can never underestimate prayer wrapped in community.

 

Praying the Jesus prayer

The sun is setting in Kyiv. They have started praying the Jesus prayer in the Patriarchal Sobor (Church). His Beatitude Sviatoslav is gathered with some clergy.

As the bombs fall, maybe you’ll pray with them?

The Jesus Prayer is the following sentence repeated: Lord Jesus. Have mercy on us, sinners.

#prayforpeace

 

Sign of the Holy Cross

Often we make the Sign of the Cross without thinking of the meaning of this gesture. It is easy to forget; hopefully it is easy to get back to the center, too. In the days following the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross, perhaps we can stop to think and “feel” our making the Sign of the Cross with love and appreciation for what Jesus did (and does) for us. St. Cyril of Jerusalem calls the Sign of the Cross the seal.

Many thanks to Carrie Chuff for the wonderful illustration of how we make the Sign of the Cross!

Thanks to God With Us Online.

A prayer for Ukraine

Almighty and Great God, accept our gratitude for your boundless mercy towards us. Hear the supplication of our afflicted hearts for the land and people of Ukraine, as they confront foreign aggression and invasion. Open the eyes of those who have been overtaken by a spirit of deception and violence, that they be horrified by their works. Grant victory over the powers of evil that have arisen and bless Ukraine with your gifts of liberty, peace, tranquility and good fortune.

We implore you, O Merciful God, look with grace upon those who courageously defend their land. Remember the mothers and fathers, the innocent children, widows and orphans, the disabled and helpless, those seeking shelter and refuge, who reach out to you and to their fellow human beings looking for mercy and compassion. Bless the hearts of those who have already shown great generosity and solidarity, and those who prepare to receive their Ukrainian brothers and sisters in Ukraine’s greatest time of need. Bring us together as your children, your creation, and instill in us your strength, wisdom and understanding.

Lenten Retreat offered

You, me, our friends, need a moment of retreat during Lent. Join us for this morning of prayer. Give yourself this gift as we approach Easter.

Fr Gregory, a friend of our parish is hosting this morning retreat.

Prayer for peace in Ukraine

O Lord our God, look down with mercy on the Ukrainian people. Protect and save them from the unjust aggressors who seek to subdue them. Grant them steadfast trust in your mercy and protection.

O Mother of God, who gave us your miraculous icon at Zarvanytsia, intercede for the Ukrainian people, who run to the shelter of your mercy in their times of need.

O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Grant peace and protection to the people of Ukraine. Give them strength and courage to defend what is good, right, and holy. Keep them safe from harm and provide for all their needs, both temporal and spiritual.

Praying Psalm 31 for Ukraine

The Chief Rabbi of Ukraine has asked for Christians to recite Psalm 31 aloud.

Psalm 31:21-24

21 Praise be to the Lord,
for he showed me the wonders of his love
when I was in a city under siege.
22 In my alarm I said,
“I am cut off from your sight!”
Yet you heard my cry for mercy
when I called to you for help.
23 Love the Lord, all his faithful people!
The Lord preserves those who are true to him,
but the proud he repays in full.
24 Be strong and take heart,
all you who hope in the Lord.