St. Francis Offers Evening of Prayer for Peace in Ukraine

HEARTFELT: The Rev. Francis Di Spigno prospects the prayer services, attended by much more than 100 folks. (Image by Jay Mann)
The centerpiece of a exclusive prayer support for peace in Ukraine previous Friday evening at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Brant Beach front was a responsive prayer of the trustworthy.
“As followers of Christ, the Prince of Peace, we give our prayer to the men and women of Ukraine, for the globe, and for ourselves,” said the Rev. Francis Di Spigno, introducing the prayer.
“Our reaction is,” claimed the Rev. Andrew Reitz, “God of Peace, save us.”
Reitz then read through:
For the individuals of Ukraine, pressured to are living in the violence of war, could they know of God’s continued existence and therapeutic as a result of their wounds and by way of their grief. We pray to the Lord …
Those in attendance, well around 100, responded:
God of Peace, preserve us.
A lady lit a candle on the change following each petition. The temper was sober.
For President Zelensky, and all people struggling to protect the rights and dignity of the Ukrainian men and women, may well God grant them wisdom and grace as they labor to convey an close to this war. We pray to the Lord …
God of Peace, preserve us.
There had been significantly audio, with cantor Michele Beck leading hymns these types of as “Day of Peace,” “God of Working day and God of Darkness” and “This Is Our Cry” with its chorus “This is our cry, this is our prayer, peace in the planet, peace in the entire world.”
For those who have had to flee their residences, their family members and mates, may possibly they be guided by your spirit to a area of welcome and refuge. We pray to the Lord …
God of Peace, preserve us.
Congregation member Kealia Grace Smith, an eighth-grader, performs Ukraine’s nationwide anthem on cello. (Photograph by Rick Mellerup)
A somber highlight of the night was a second of reflection as eighth-grade congregation member Kealia Grace Smith executed Ukrainian’s countrywide anthem on cello.
For the nations of the earth who are accepting these refugees from Ukraine, and for the relief staff who greet them, may possibly they be granted the power and perseverance to continue to provide protection, shelter and protection for as long as it is necessary. We pray to the Lord …
God of Peace, preserve us.
There was a scripture looking at from the E book of Isaiah: …“they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not carry up sword versus nation, neither shall they discover war any far more,” as very well as a psalm.
For individuals males and gals who continue being in Ukraine simply because of age, disease, or disorder, may well they hardly ever lose hope, as the globe continues to try out to close this war. We pray to the Lord …
God of Peace, save us.
The evening’s Gospel looking through was from Matthew, The Beatitudes, together with the line “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be named sons of God.”
As Jesus taught us to appreciate our enemies and pray for those people who persecute us, may perhaps God open the hearts of the Russian leaders to pursue methods of peace and not war and destruction. We pray to the Lord …
God of Peace, help save us.
DiSpigno experienced specified the homily, a story of how really like can be distribute, even in the lobby of a McDonald’s cafe.
For all individuals who have died, may well they know the peace that only Christ can give, and may their families come across comfort and hope in the resurrection of the dead. We pray to the Lord …
God of Peace, help save us.
There have been readings about peace, a single from the tackle of Pope Paul VI to the U.N. in 1965, the other the Holy Name Province Connect with for Peace in Ukraine.
“Through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we be a part of our prayer with the complete church, for a quick conclude to this senseless war, for peace in Ukraine and Russia, in our world, and in our hearts. We pray this as a result of Christ, our Lord. Amen,” said DiSpigno prior to top the Lord’s Prayer.
There was a final blessing and then the company concluded with Beck foremost absolutely everyone in the singing of a incredibly acquainted track, “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” “the peace that was intended to be.”
— Rick Mellerup

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