Wednesday, 13 April 2022
Keeping in view the importance and urgency of intercession in present times, CHARIS has established an Intercession Commission. Cyril John (India) is Coordinator and Sheny de Gongora (Guatemala) is member of CHARIS Intercession Commission. It is responsible for promotion and networking of intercession world-wide within “the current of grace”.
In view of the sufferings of the people on account war involving the people of Russia and Ukraine, the CHARIS Intercession Commission organized a 12 hours worldwide online adoration and intercession for peace in Ukraine on Wednesday, 13 April 2022 from 9 am to 9 pm Rome time. The event was organized on Zoom and CHARIS International YouTube.
After a short introduction by Cyril John, the inaugural mass was presided by Most Rev. Francis Kalist, Episcopal Adviser to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in India. This was followed by a message by Pino Scafuro, Moderator, CHARIS International Service of Communion. Bishop Dmytro Bohdan Hryhorak of Buchch, Ukraine in a message explained the need and urgency of praying for peace in Ukraine. Fr Andrej Buko OFM Cap from Russia also delivered a short message.
The remaining time was divided into 30 slots of 20 minutes duration, which was led by various countries grouped together in different languages. In all about 100 countries prayed for intentions connected with peace in the world in about 60 languages. The time of adoration ended with a solemn benediction by Most Rev. Francis Kalist at 9 pm (Rome time). It ended with a concluding message from Sheny de Gongora.
This was one of the largest networks of online adoration and intercession for peace in Ukraine. Intercessors from nations testified that it was a very powerful experience of praying in unity for the world.
CHARIS Intercession Commission senses an urgent calling to continue to pray for Ukraine, Russia and the people suffering on account of the war. We need to pray that the war will cease and peace and justice may prevail. Please keep this intention in your prayers and that of your group/ministry/community. We look forward to your close association with our efforts in the area of intercession and hope to keep you informed of the future initiatives by the Commission. Till then let us be united in our prayers.