The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have invited churches across England to mark this Sunday, 27 February, as a Day of Prayer for Peace and to join the international marking of Ash Wednesday (2 March) as a Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace.
All the services in the Cathedral on these days will include prayers for peace, and the Cathedral will be open for people to visit and pray. Throughout the times that the Cathedral is open there will be an area set aside for people to use for prayer and, if they wish, light a candle as we hold all those who are damaged by conflict in our hearts and as we pray for peace in Ukraine.
Details for this Sunday
Sunday 27 February 2022 – A Day of Prayer of Peace
7.45am Litany, at the Shrine of St Hugh
8am Holy Communion, at the Shrine of St Hugh
9.15am Mattins, in the Longland Chantry
10am Sung Eucharist, in St Hugh’s Choir
3.45pm Choral Evensong, in St Hugh’s Choir
6pm Compline, at the west end of the Cathedral Nave
The Morning Chapel (at the west end of the Cathedral) will be open from 8am until 6pm as a quiet place for people to pray and light a candle.
The day will end at 6pm with a short service of Compline (a traditional service for the end of the day, asking for peace and protection).
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 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.