Praying for peace

Published on: 24 May 2022

As we go to press, the situation in Ukraine continues to appear in the headlines.

Along with many churches across the Diocese of Norwich, King’s Lynn Minster responded within 48 hours of the invasion of Ukraine, by holding an open-air prayer vigil with the Mayor and other civic representatives.

“We took our sculpture called ‘Refugee’ by Naomi Blake out into the Market Place to represent those fleeing Ukraine,” explains the Rector, the Revd Canon Mark Dimond. “We were responding to a need: people wanted to come and pray, pour out their feelings, be silent or simply light a candle.” A week later, over 300 people came to another vigil and the prayer station for Ukraine still stands as a focal point just inside the West Door of the Minster. “Prayers are said for neighbouring countries Russia and Ukraine to find peace, for the new Ukrainian neighbours arriving here in Norfolk.” Both prayerful and practical, pastoral support continues.

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