People in Connecticut continue to pray for Ukraine and Russia

HARTFORD & COVENTRY, Conn. (WFSB) – Here in Connecticut, cities continue to show their support for Ukraine.

Dozens of people came to the First Congregational Church in Coventry for a candlelight vigil to pray for Ukraine.

The Coventry community gathers tonight to pray for peace.

Robin Ladd McFarland said: “That’s really what we need in our communities is a little peace.”

The pastor of First Congregation in Coventry, David Nutt, said: “That’s what we can do at a minimum. We can’t be there at least that way, we get to be a shield for them through prayer.

Nutt says many community members have asked to hold a prayer service. So the people of Coventry came together to light candles and pray. Not only for those in Ukraine, but also for those in Russia who are against this war.

“The Russian people are also suffering. So we really need our leaders to come forward and find a peaceful solution to this,” Ladd McFarland said.

She says it’s important for the community to come together in times like these and work together to make a small difference. “I think every community should try to hold something like this so there’s a place where people can go where they can find some peace and maybe hear something that will resonate with them.”

Tomorrow services will be held around the world, including here in Connecticut.

Pope Francis has invited all bishops and priests around the world to join him in prayer for peace and in the consecration of Russia and Ukraine.

In Hartford, Bishop Leonard Blair will join Pope Francis in offering a consecration of Russia and Ukraine.

Mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Hartford at 12:10 p.m.

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