Pray for Peace: Bishop John holds Holy Hour for peace in Ukraine

Monday 14th March 2022

Bishop John is inviting the faithful of our diocese to join him in prayer this Sunday as he holds a special Holy Hour for peace in Ukraine.

The Holy Hour will take place at 2.30pm on Sunday 20 March at Salford Cathedral.

For almost three weeks, the lives of millions of people have been torn apart by war in Ukraine, with hundreds losing their lives and Europe witnessing its biggest refugee crisis since World War Two.

In his Ash Wednesday homily, Bishop John urged us all to “think globally” this Lent, to use our Lenten observances of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, to help alleviate the suffering of our brothers and sisters around the world.

Speaking about the power of prayer, he said: “We must never underestimate how powerful our prayer can be, yes, your prayer and mine. ‘Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you’ – that’s the promise of the scripture.

“So, we must pray. We might think were not very good at prayer, but we only have to come before the Lord in silence, dedicate time to Him and ask that He influence our actions and our motives and those of those leaders how are in power around use who can make those important decisions.”

Join us in prayer

Now, Bishop John is inviting us to join him this Sunday (20th March) as he prays for peace in a special Holy Hour at Salford Cathedral.

The Holy Hour will take place at 2.30pm and can also be viewed online at

We would like to encourage people right across the diocese to join us in prayer at 2.30pm, whether by attending our Holy Hour at the cathedral, joining us online, praying with us at home, or hosting a prayer session in your own parish.

If you would like to pray along at home or host your own Holy Hour in your parish, please find our liturgy here.

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