The Archbishops have issued this statement following the Russian Invasion of the Ukraine. They ask churches to pray for Ukraine on Sunday and to make Ash Wednesday a day of prayer and fasting for peace:
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have also issued a special prayer
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 all 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.