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Prayer Resources for the Ukraine Conflict

Bishop Bascom’s Statement to the Diocese, February 24, 2022

Dear Beloved members of the Diocese of Kansas,

As we witness the invasion of Ukraine by Russia and wonder what the radiating seismic impacts may be, we are reminded that in the Risen Presence of Jesus we have a Living Hope. These verses of I Peter, addressed to people dispersed and disenfranchised by political turmoil and violence, speak to me today: 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:3-5

Our Living Hope includes prayer. Let us pray as individuals and in our parishes for the people of Ukraine and all of those involved in this conflict. I ask all parishes to include prayers for Ukraine, for leaders of state and the military, for all those affected by the conflict, and for peace. Please include these prayers in the Prayers of the People this Sunday and throughout Lent. Of course there are wonderfully appropriate prayers in our own Book of Common Prayer.

  • O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world: We commend this nation to thy merciful care, that, being guided by thy Providence, we may dwell secure in thy peace. Grant to the President of the United States, the leaders of Ukraine and Russia, and to all in authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do thy will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness, and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people in thy fear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen. – BCP 820
  • Almighty God our heavenly Father, guide the nations of the world into the way of justice and truth, and establish among them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness, that they may become the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. – BCP 816

Our staff has also gathered prayers from a variety of sources that can be accessed above.

Our Living Hope also includes care for those who suffer. As needs become known and avenues of aid become apparent, I ask parishes to remain open to the sharing of resources widely. Care also for those who suffer anxiety or personal grief. As part of the world-wide Anglican Communion, we have a network of support in such times. I commend both Episcopal Relief and Development and Episcopal Migration Ministries as meaningful ways to respond to this conflict. Both of these organizations are positioned to help those directly affected in the region.

Our Living Hope includes advocacy. Please remain in contact with our national leaders and those making decisions for the welfare of the world. May your Christian values guide communication with them.

As the Apostle wrote, may grace and peace be yours in abundance,

+Cathleen

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