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Friday, February 24, 2023, marks one year since the start of the unjust Russian invasion of Ukraine. The war rages on.

Sr. Carletta Bockheim OP
February 24 Prayer Vigil at Marywood to remember and honor those killed in Ukraine during this year of war.

The Dominican Sisters and Associates of Grand Rapids wish to remember the victims of the war. Those living and deceased. Those cold, hungry, and shocked by the devastation wrought on their country by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • Friday, Feb. 24 | 4:15 pm — Stand vigil with us at Marywood as we ring the bell by the Pear Garden, honoring those who have died since this tragic war began. Please park in the former DCM parking lot or the Aquinata Hall parking lot. Dress warmly.
  • Also on Friday, Feb. 24, is a candlelight prayer vigil downtown Grand Rapids on the Gillett Bridge.

A Candlelight Vigil, sponsored by the Ukrainian Community of Grand Rapids, is also planned for Friday, February 24 at 6:00 pm on the Gillette Bridge that connects Ah-Nab-Awen Park with DeVos Place across the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids. This vigil is to honor the victims of the war in Ukraine. Participants are welcome and encouraged to bring supportive signs, photographs, flags, and candles.

Prayer Card for Ukraine

God of all People,
We pray for peace today and every day,
especially for the people of Ukraine.

Send your Spirit of wisdom upon our world leaders.
May the decisions they make be in the interest of
all Earth’s citizens.

Send your Spirit of compassion upon those who bear arms.
May they turn instead to reconciliation and dialogue.

Send your Spirit of healing upon those who are injured.
May they know your touch through the hands of those
who care for them.

Send your Spirit of welcome upon those
who are killed in this act of war.
May they know the embrace of your love.

Send your Spirit of consolation on those who have lost loved ones.
May they know comfort in your promise
that one day they will see them again.

Send your Spirit of protection on those who have lost their homes.
May they find shelter and security.

Send your Spirit of hospitality upon all nations.
May they welcome refugees into their midst.

Send your Spirit of hope upon your world.
May we live into your vision of a future of justice and peace.