By Rev. Shankar Fern

Prayer has the ability to transform the world. It can change so called reality. It can bring light and goodness into dark corners, into the world, and into our hearts.”

How do you eradicate darkness? Not by beating against it, but instead by bringing in the light. When you walk in a dark room and want light, you don’t shout, “darkness be gone”, but instead, you simply open the curtains or turn on a light switch. Prayer is that light switch. It connects those who pray with the focus of prayer – to the GREAT DIVINE to whom we pray. We may not even know to whom we are praying, but we have some sense that there is a universal source of goodness that can hear our prayers and answer them. For some, they attune to a specific aspect of the Divine; Jesus, Adonai, Buddha, the Holy Mother, Lord Shiva, Mother Lakshmi and countless other aspects of the Divine. For others the divine is more abstract, as the Holy Spirit, or YHVH, or the Cosmic Being. It doesn’t matter as long as we approach this being with love, humility and respect. ~ Rev. Shankar Fern

“Prayer for Ukraine” (Ukrainian: Молитва за Україну, romanized: Molytva za Ukrayinu) is a patriotic Ukrainian hymn published in 1885, which became a spiritual anthem of Ukraine. The text was written by Oleksandr Konysky, and the music was composed by Mykola Lysenko, first with a children’s choir in mind.

Lord, oh the Great and Almighty,

Protect our beloved Ukraine,

Bless her with freedom and light

Of your holy rays.

With learning and knowledge enlighten

Us, your children small,

In love pure and everlasting

Let us, oh Lord, grow.

We pray, oh Lord Almighty,

Protect our beloved Ukraine,

Grant our people and country

All your kindness and grace.

Bless us with freedom, bless us with wisdom,

Guide into kind world,

Bless us, oh Lord, with good fortune

For ever and evermore.

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2 Comments

  1. Marvin Blaustein

    I cannot open the request for to make a prayer offering,

    Reply
    • Radha Metro-Midkiff

      You may also email prayer@iyiny.org. Thank you for letting us know.

      Reply

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