Vigil for Peace in Ukraine
Members of the Harvard community gathered at the steps of the Memorial Church in a call for peace in response to the invasion of Ukraine. We gathered, grieved, and supported one another and those directly affected by the violence.
Prayer by the Rev. Alanna C. Sullivan
Associate Minister and Director of Administration
The Memorial Church of Harvard University
Our hearts are heavy with the news of the Russian military invasion of Ukraine. We join our prayer for justice and peace along with those from around the world:
God of justice and peace, your children are scared and fearful. So many need your healing embrace this day. Protect all who live in the crossfires and amid war. Be with the people of Ukraine. Be with those who huddle in subway shelters and put loved ones on buses, not knowing when they will see them again. Be with the protestors in Russia who have taken to the streets to stand against the violence being done in their name. Give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous.
God of all nations, this is our song. Loosen the grip that evil has on humanity. Guide our world leaders so their decisions may be informed by your divine wisdom. Help them to see our interconnectedness and interdependence.
Holy Spirit, descend upon the many corners of this world in need of your saving love and abiding peace. Turn these prayers into action— voices that call out in advocacy, hands that stretch out in reconciliation, hearts that reach out in love.
Prince of Peace, you said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” We long for the day when swords will be beaten into ploughshares. May we be bold enough to declare an end to all war and violence. Make us instruments of your peace. We pray all of this in your name. Amen.
May these prayers just be the beginning. Here are some ways to support the people in Ukraine during this troubling time.