Special Prayer for the End of War
Bishop Stephen LEE announces that, from 20th March to 28th March 2022, in addition to the "Prayer to St. Roch", the following prayer for peace recently shared by Pope Francis, will be recited in all parishes after public Masses, imploring God to forgive us for war, especially the war in Ukraine:
Forgive us for war, Lord.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us sinners.
Lord Jesus, born under the bombs of Kiev, have mercy on us.
Lord Jesus, dead in his mother's arms in a bunker in Kharkiv, have mercy on us.
Lord Jesus, sent to the front lines at twenty years old, have mercy on us.
Lord Jesus, who still see armed hands in the shadow of your cross, have mercy on us.
Forgive us, Lord. Forgive us if, not content with the nails with which we pierce your hand, we continue to drink the blood of the dead torn by weapons.
Forgive us if these hands which you created to protect have become instruments of death.
Forgive us, O Lord, forgive us if we continue to kill our brother, if we continue, like Cain, to take the stones from our field to kill Abel.
Forgive us if we continue to justify cruelty with our fatigue, if with our pain we legitimize the violence of our actions.
Forgive us for war, Lord. Forgive us for war.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, we implore you. Stop the hand of Cain. Enlighten our conscience, do not let our will be done, do not abandon us in our actions.
Stop us, Lord, stop us. And when you have stopped the hand of Cain, take care of him. He is also our brother.
O Lord, put an end to violence. Stop us, O Lord. Amen.
Given at the Chancery Office, Macau, 18th March 2022.
Rev. Cyril Jerome LAW, Jr.