The Service of Prayer was held at Leeds Cathedral on the morning of 10 March, and was led by the Very Reverend Canon Matthew Habron, Dean of Leeds Cathedral.
It was attended by The Right Reverend Marcus Stock, Bishop of Leeds, in the presence of Councillor Asghar Khan, The Lord Mayor of Leeds and Representatives of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain and of the Religious and Civic Communities of the City of Leeds.
The Service is available to view on the Cathedral website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52zevKF21iw
In addition to Readings from the Psalms and St Matthew’s Gospel the Service also comprised these other elements:
Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi
The children from the Holy Rosary and Saint Anne’s Primary School in Chapeltown sang a version of the prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi, Make me a channel of your peace.
A Moment of Silence
Once the setting of the prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi had been sung, the congregation spent a few moments in silence remembering the people of Ukraine and all who are suffering.
Lighting of Candles
Candles were lit by representatives of the Ukrainian community in Leeds and the Religious and Civic communities of Leeds.
The choir sang a setting of Psalm 50, Miserere mei, Have mercy on me, O God, in your kindness, by William Byrd (1539 – 1623).
Address by the Lord Mayor of Leeds
The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Cllr Asghar Khan, then addressed the congregation.
PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF KYIV
Mary, Our Lady of Kyiv, the God Bearer (Theotokos) we ask your intercession for the suffering people of Ukraine, their government and their people attempting to resist the attack which primarily comes from evil.
Be with Ukraine today as you stood beside your suffering Son on Calvary.
Give your people faith and hope and strengthen them in their belief that by the Grace of God and the action of people of goodwill everywhere their lives and country will be preserved and there will be peace after war.