Prayer for peace 平和のための祈り

Today, on the Feast of the Annunciation, the communities of the Diocese of Niigata, in response to the Pope’s call and in connection with the universal Church, prayed for peace and the consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

At the Cathedral, I presided a Mass at 10:00 a.m., praying for peace and offered the Prayer for the Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In the homily, I introduced the message of a Holy Spirit Sister who stay in Ukraine, which I have already introduced on the website of the diocese.

At the Seitai Hoshikai, the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist in Akita, the sisters have been praying the Novena of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, prayer for Our Lady’s protection since the beginning of the war. In addition to the regular Rosary, in response to the Pope’s call, they have also offered the Eucharistic Adoration and Rosary for Peace in union with the people around the world.

We are united through prayer with the people in Ukraine, the people those who are exposed to violence, war and conflict. We trust that God will utilize our prayers to bring about peace. We believe that even a smallest act of love is an important step toward peace. We hope to continue walking together in solidarity with people in prayer. May Our Lady of Peace intercede for us.

Bp. Daisuke Narui, SVD