A prayer for Ukraine on Ash Wednesday

All powerful God

In our powerlessness

We switch off the lights

And sit in solidarity with our siblings

in Ukraine and Russia


We pray protection for our friends,

love for our enemies,

And peace-

That peace which passes all understanding,

To abide in hearts and minds.


That a passionate, prophetic peace

Would permeate political stalemates,

Halt this invasion,

And disarm the threat of nuclear war.


In this day of dust and ashes

We bring all our fears and hopes

Into the thickening darkness,

Knowing that there, always there,

You are found.