Novena for peace in Ukraine with the Ukrainian Church

Pray and fast to obtain peace between Ukraine and Russia, after one year of conflict!


This international novena of prayer and fasting for Ukraine and Russia helps us to implore God, with the intercession of Ukraine's saints and meditations by Pope Francis, to put an end to war with a fair peace

It will start on Friday, February 24th, 2023 - exactly one year after the conflict's start with Russia.

Over 9 days, let us pray for various aspects of the war, begging the protection of Mary and defence of Archangel Saint Michael. We will fast on wednesday and one friday, to increase our prayer's efficiency.

This novena was created by three priests and one seminarian of the Catholic Ukrainian church of Paris, France. It is published on the Hozana network in French, English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Why pray 9 days for peace between Ukraine and Russia?

On February 24th, 2022 Russia launched a military offensive against Ukraine. One year later, civilian casualties as well as spiritual and material damages are very significant on both sides. Diplomacy seems stalled.

On the 9th day you will pray using the words of Pope Francis, a consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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How to pray this novena?

Over 9 days, you will be able to meditate the Word of God and intercede with the Saints of Ukraine.

Each novena day ends with the following short prayers:

  • Our Father

  • Hail Mary

  • Glory be to the Father

  • A Rosary decade (if you have time)

then, hit the “Pray” button:

  • Beneath Thy Protection (shared by Catholic and Orthodox Churches)

  • Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel by Pope Leo XIII.

How to fast during the novena?

Uniting fasting and prayer makes petitions much more efficient. It can protect, put an end to wars and defy the laws of nature. On days 6 and 8 (or wednesday and friday) you may thus lighten one or more meals, or offer a sacrifice in secret (one less coffee, skip television, forgive someone…).

About the Ukrainian Church in Paris

In Ukraine, about 60% of the population is Christian orthodox, 10% Catholic and the remaining minorities are Protestants, Jews, Muslims and atheists.

This novena was co-written by Ukrainian priests of Byzantine rite from the Saint-Volodymyr-the-Great cathedral (Paris, France).

This church belongs to a European diocese (eparchy) spanning over France, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg (website:

Prayer from the novena

Beneath Thy Protection & Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St. Michael Archangel

We fly to Thy protection, O Holy Mother of God; Do not despise our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin. Amen. St. Michael the Archangel, defends us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.