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Episcopal Diocese of RI holds a “Vigil Prayer for Peace in Ukraine”

“This is an opportunity for us to show our support for people around the world who are in harm’s way and to pray for peace,” said Reverend Knisely.
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Published on March 9, 2022
By Steve Ahlquist

On Tuesday evening, outside the Cathedral of Saint John on North Main Street in Providence, the Rt. Reverend Nicholas Knisely presided over a “Vigil Prayer for Peace in Ukraine, for Refugees and those in Harm’s Way.”

Around 65 people were gathered on th sidewalk outside the Cathedral to pray for peace and safety for the people in Ukraine suffering from the Russian invasion.

“This is an opportunity for us to show our support for people around the world who are in harm’s way and to pray for peace,” said Reverend Knisely. The prepared litany contained prayers that were requested either by the Archbishop of Canterbury or the Chief Rabbi of Ukraine.

In a statement, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said, “We condemn the invasion of Ukraine and pray in solidarity with all children of God who are now in harm’s way. I invite you to pray with me for peace—and for a world where we all join hands and ‘strive for justice and peace and respect the dignity of every human being.’”

The vigil ended with attendees singing Ubi caritas, a hymn of the Western Church.

Full video of the Providence vigil here:

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