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We Lift our Prayers for Ukraine

Date: March 2, 2022

In light of the horrific Russian invasion of Ukraine, Our Lady of the Wayside lifts up its prayers for its citizens.  We pray for an end to aggression, healing of the country and its citizens, and for lasting peace.

Our Lady of the Wayside, pray for Ukraine.

Pope Francis Announces March 2 as Day of Prayer and Fasting For Ukraine 

Speaking at the end of the General Audience Pope Francis said his heart aches over the situation in Ukraine and announces a “Day of Fasting for Peace” on Ash Wednesday. , Pope Francis invited everyone to make 2 March, Ash Wednesday, a Day of Fasting for Peace.

“I encourage believers in a special way to dedicate themselves intensely to prayer and fasting on that day. May the Queen of Peace preserve the world from the madness of war,” he said.

Read more HERE.

Statement of Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, on the War in Ukraine

The people of the Archdiocese of Chicago stand with our brothers and sisters suffering under attack in Ukraine.

Most of us know war in Europe from the stories of our parents and grandparents, from history portrayed in films and books. This attack on a peaceful, sovereign nation is a sad reminder that the work of peace is never over.

Please pray with me for the safety of all now under fire and for those in other nations fearful the war in Ukraine may overspread their borders.

I have asked that prayers for peace in Ukraine be added to all Masses in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for them.

This colorful artwork was created by Ukrainian artist, Maria Prymachenko. It was originally feared that 25 original paintings by the artist were lost when the Ivankiv Historical and Local History Museum was burned by Russian soldiers. Fortunately, the paintings were saved by local residents. To see additional Prymachenko paintings, click HERE.