THE FIRST TUESDAY IN LENT.
A PRAYER FOR UKRAINE (FROM CAFOD)
Loving God, we pray for the people of Ukraine, for all those suffering or afraid, that you will be close to them and protect them.
We pray for world leaders, for compassion, strength and wisdom to guide their choices.
We pray for the world that in this moment of crisis, we may reach out in solidarity to our brothers and sisters in need.
May we walk in your ways so that peace and justice become a reality
for the people of Ukraine and for all the world.
THE VOICE OF PEACE
God of mercy, help us to listen to your voice, a voice that speaks of peace to all people.
Let the sound resonate within us, until a whisper becomes a shout which cannot be ignored.
Move us with your love, so that our actions echo your peace, and we may bring comfort to those touched by conflict.
Fill us with your hope, O Lord, and quiet the fear and hatred which divides us, as we seek to build a future together, of true and lasting peace.
We ask this through Christ our Lord, Prince of Peace,
Almighty Father, whose will is to restore all things in your beloved Son, the King of all: govern the hearts and minds of those in authority, and bring the families of the nations, divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin, to be subject to his just and gentle rule; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
FOR THE REFUGEE CRISIS
Heavenly Father, you are the source of all goodness, generosity and love. We thank you for opening the hearts of many to those who are fleeing for their lives. Help us now to open our arms in welcome, and reach out our hands in support. That the desperate may find new hope, and lives torn apart be restored. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord,
who fled persecution at His birth and at His last triumphed over death.