Support for Ukraine

We continue to pray for all the people caught up in the alarming situation in Ukraine.

A candle burns on the high altar in St Mary’s Kidlington for the people of Ukraine and for justice and peace in our world. There is a prayer station with space to light your own candle, write your own prayer and take away a small cross. Please join the nation in prayer in whichever way is right for you.

God of peace and justice, 
we pray for the people of Ukraine today. 
We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons. 
We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow,
that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them. 
We pray for those with power over war or peace,
for wisdom, discernment and compassion 
to guide their decisions. 
Above all, we pray for all your precious children, 
at-risk and in fear, that you would hold and protect them. 
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. 
Lord God, the hope of the nations 
And the source of all peace, 
We lift into the light of your love 
your people in Ukraine, 
and those in Russia who are powerless. 
In the face of attack 
Hold in the palm of your hand 
those who flee and those who fight, 
those who lead and organise, 
the vulnerable, the children, and the older people. 
God of justice and righteousness 
May the nations of the world stand with Ukraine, 
That bullying will not prevail, 
And that all may live in peace. 
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord 

The Diocesan website has further thoughts on a Christian response to the war, and how you can help, see