There are five prayers for Ukraine set out below. Each can be listened to individually below or click the button above to hear all the tracks on a SoundCloud playlist.
Of the Father’s Love Begotten
This lovely hymn celebrates the all-encompassing Sonship of Christ. It was penned in the late 4th century by Marcus Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, a lawyer, poet and ascetic from Northern Spain. Many centuries later, it was translated into English by JM Neale and HW Baker. While it would normally be sung by a choir or congregation, it is here read over an exquisite rendition of the music recorded for us by Christiane von Albrecht on keyboard, and Shirley Richards on violin.
The Lord upholds the righteous even in the face of wickedness. Verses from Psalms 35 and 37
It is always good to declare Scripture, and perhaps especially so in times of crises. We have set these verses to the stately music of a saraband by Handel, and they lead into the first of our prayers for Ukraine.
A prayer for the deliverance of Ukraine
There came a time when Jerusalem was under siege by Sennacherib. The king and the prophet ‘cried out to heaven in prayer’ and the Lord delivered them. (2 Chronicles 32) Our own cry for the deliverance of Ukraine is set to the intense and relentless music of Mussorgsky’s piano piece, The Oxcart.
A prayer concerning a spiritual imposition on the Russian soul
Our prayer begins with the Lord looking with pleasure upon the land of the steppes, and seeks the renewal of His purpose and calling for the region. It is set to two pieces by Mussorgsky: Une Larme (A Tear) and In the Village.
A lament for those who turn their back on God
It is truly sad when those who have grown up knowing and seeking the Lord, turn their faces away from Him and vigorously pursue their own wisdom and ways. Joseph Stalin was one such, Karl Marx another. This is a prayer for those who are led astray by propaganda and fallacious beliefs. It is accompanied by two laments: A Lament for Reepicheep by Celia Redgate, and Dolens, which grew out of my own heartache over global events.