The whole Church with the Pope in prayer for peace in Ukraine

The poster prepared by Pax Christi for the Day of Prayer for Ukraine

The poster prepared by Pax Christi for the Day of Prayer for Ukraine – Pax Christi

Solidarity and conviction. The appeal to prayer for peace in Ukraine launched by the Pope last Sunday during the Angelus has not gone unanswered. Today, therefore, in the Italian churches there will be special prayer meetings. And there’s an expectation for what Francis might say in the Wednesday hearing. While this evening at 7:15 p.m. the secretary for relations with the states of the Holy See, the archbishop Paul-Richard Gallagherwill preside over a special prayer for Ukraine in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, with the Community of Sant’Egidio.

The prayer will also bring together the cardinals and bishops gathered these days in Rome for the IEC Permanent Council. This was announced on Monday afternoon during his introduction to the debates by the Cardinal President of the Italian Episcopal Conference, Gualtiero Bassetti. The dioceses of Rome and Milan are also mobilizing. In the capital, the celebration of Vespers tonight at 6 p.m. will take place at Hagia Sophia on via Boccea. Speakers enabled Bishop Benoni Ambarusdiocesan delegate for charity, for the pastoral care of Roma and Sinti and for migrants, the director of the diocesan office for migrants, Msgr. Pierpaolo Felicolo and the rector of the basilica, Fr. Marco Jaroslav Semehen.

AT Milano instead, parishes and ecclesial realities were invited to find a dedicated moment to adhere to the call of Pope Francis. And the diocese has also published a trace in which, among other invocations, he asks: “Lord, give us peace, teach us peace, guide us to peace. Open our eyes and our hearts and give us the courage to say: “Never again war! “With war, everything is destroyed! “. Instill in us the courage to make concrete gestures of peace”.

AT Torino the prayer will be at Notre-Dame du Sacré-Coeur tonight at 8 p.m. A bologna will be the archbishop, Cardinal Matteo Zuppi preside over prayer (tonight at 7:30 p.m.) in the Basilica of Saints Bartolomeo and Gaetano. AT Seated the prayer will take place at 12 p.m. in the lower basilica, in the presence of the bishop Domenico Sorrentino. In the diocese of Savona-Noli the meeting is at 8:30 p.m. in the church of Sant’Andrea Apostolo. Also memberships of Cerreto Sannita-Telese-Sant’Agata de’ Goti and other local churches.

The national presidency ofCatholic action invites all members to adhere to the call of the Pope FIAC (the international federation), compared to the CAs of the world. They will gather in prayer CL, Renewal in the Spirit And Pax Christthat is to say Fuci. The promoters of the March from Perugia to Assisi.

The Salesian missionaries report that “since the crisis in Ukraine intensified, the young people of the Salesian oratory in Kiev met in rotation of one hundred at a time for 309 evenings recite the three Hail Marys and share a Don Bosco-style good night thought.

Pax Christi has prepared a prayer plan to recite in family, group, community or individually: here is the text.

(to guide) In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

May the God of love and peace be with you all

(all) And with the spirit of our humanity.

(guide) We gather for a moment to pray for Peace. Pope Francis, concerned about rising tensions that threaten to deal a further blow to peace in Ukraine and threaten security on the European continent, with even wider repercussions, has invited us to pray. We welcome your invitation to pray for peace and to be peacemakers.

(all) Grant, Lord, that every political action and initiative be at the service of human brotherhood, rather than partisan interests. Listen to the prophet Isaiah (Chapter 2)

(reader) He will be a judge among the peoples and an arbiter among many peoples. They will break their swords and make them into ploughs, their spears they will make scythes; a nation will no longer raise its sword against another nation, it will no longer learn the art of war.

(all) House of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.

(let’s take a brief moment of silence and turn on a candle peace in the center of the table)



Lord, source of righteousness

and principle of harmony,

to open the hearts of men to dialogue

and support the commitment of peacemakers,

so that negotiation prevails over the use of arms,

on misunderstanding understanding,

forgiveness over offense, love over hate.

God of our Fathers, Lord of peace and life,
Father of all.
You condemn wars
and overthrow the pride of the violent.

Hear the unanimous cry of your children,
sincere plea of ​​all mankind:
no more war, no more return adventure,
never again war, a spiral of grief and violence. (John Paul II)

Our father …

Prayer to Mary

Santa Maria, friendly woman…

We pray to you, for all the peoples of the earth, torn by hatred and divided by interests. It awakens in them the nostalgia of the single table, so that once greed has been annihilated and the rumors of war extinguished, they can eat the breads of justice in brotherhood. Although different in language, race and culture, sitting around you they will return to live in peace. And your mother’s eyes, feeling here below that conviviality of differences that characterizes the Trinitarian communion in heaven, will finally shine with joy. Amen. (deceased by Tonino Bello)

final blessing

(to guide) May the God of love, hospitality and forgiveness bless us and bless this Europe so that it may be a land of peace and brotherhood.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Martha J. Finley