Prayer for Ukraine
Lord Jesus Christ our God, look down with Thy merciful eye upon the sorrow and greatly painful cry of Thy children, abiding in the Ukrainian land.
Deliver Thy people from strife, make to cease the spilling of blood, and turn back the misfortunes set against them. Lead unto sanctuary those bereft of shelter, feed the hungry, comfort those who weep, and unite the divided.
Leave not Thine own flock, who abide in sorrows on account of their kinsmen, to diminish, but rather, as Thou art benevolent, give speedy reconciliation. Soften the hearts of the unmerciful and convert them to the knowledge of Thee.
Grant peace to Thy Church and to Her children, that with one heart and one mouth we may glorify Thee, our Lord and Saviour, unto the ages of ages.
Metropolitan Onuphry of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine
“Defending the sovereignty and integrity of Ukraine, we appeal to the President of Russia and ask him to immediately stop the fratricidal war. The Ukrainian and Russian peoples came out of the Dnieper baptismal font, and the war between these peoples is a repetition of the sin of Cain, who out of envy killed his own brother. Such a war is not justified either by God or by people.”
‘This is not right’: Melbourne’s Russians decry Putin’s invasion , The Age, 25 February 2022
"Like many people of Russian descent living in Australia, Nicholas Karipoff, Archpriest of the Russian Orthodox Church in Melbourne, believes President Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine is both unexpected and deeply upsetting.
“We pray for the suffering land of Ukraine in our church,” he told The Age. “They are people who are very close to us. We have Ukrainian families in our church.” "
The Parish Council of Protection Cathedral would like to publicly express the following:
1. Our dismay at the war in Ukraine.
2. Our acknowledgement of the anguish caused to our Ukrainian brothers and sisters, both there and here in Australia.
3. Our wish that our churches locally, nationally and internationally will do all they can to urge the end of hostilities.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matthew 5:9)"