Praying for Peace
We are now at the end of the Lent time. Lent is a 40-day period that begins on Ash Wednesday, the Wednesday after Shrove Sunday, and lasts until Easter Sunday.
The bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland have signed a Lenten appeal in February 2022. Here is part of the appeal that is still current.
“…Lent calls us to turn our gaze outward, to the distress of our neighbours near and far. We ask people to help the Ukrainians suffering from the war by donating to Finn Church Aid, the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission or another relief organisation.
The Ukrainians fleeing the war may soon be coming to our country in search of refuge. If they do, we will be ready to take them in and offer them our help.
The Russians living in Finland are not to be blamed for this war. Hate must not be targeted at them; instead, they must be treated as the neighbours they are.
Lent calls us deeper into religious life. We ask parishes and all Christians and people of good will to pray for peace, for the people of Ukraine, for those living in fear and violence, and for those who hold the keys to peace.
Lord, have mercy.”
ENGLISH SERVICE: 10.4. and 22.5. Crypt of Mikkeli Cathedral, 1 pm
More information: University Chaplain Jaana Pietiläinen
Happy New Year!
It is the beginning of year 2022. I don’t know how many times I have said Happy New Year. Quite many, but every time I say it, I really mean it.
These last two years haven’t been easy. But I hope something good has happened to you also. We don’t know what kind of a year this 2022 will be, but I really hope that many good things are waiting for you.
Whether you are in Mikkeli as a student or a visitor, or living here permanently, you are in a good place. After all, you are in a town named after archangel Michael.
Feel welcome to see us in the Crypt of Mikkeli Cathedral. You will find the dates of our English Services from our website. With this prayer by Douglas Ruschman, I wish you Happy New Year.
“God of all time, help us enter the New Year quietly, thoughtful of who we are to ourselves and to others, mindful that our steps make an impact, and our words carry power.
May we walk gently.
May we speak only after we have listened well.
Creator of all life, help us enter the New Year reverently, aware that you have endowed every creature and plant, every person and habitat with beauty and purpose.
May we regard the world with tenderness.
May we honor rather than destroy.
Lower of all souls, help us enter the New Year joyfully, willing to laugh and dance and dream, remembering our many gifts with thanks and looking forward to blessings yet to come.
May we welcome your lavish love. In this New Year, may the grace and peace of Christ bless us now, and in the days ahead.”