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Diocese of Scranton to host prayer service for Ukraine

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine reaches its seven-month mark, the Diocese of Scranton has planned a prayer service.

A Prayer Service for an End to the War in Ukraine will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Scranton.

Father Myron Myronyuk, pastor at Saint Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church of Scranton, who has several family members still living in Ukraine and fighting in the Ukrainian military, will lead the service along with the Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton.

The diocese said the prayer service comes at a “pivotal time.” This week, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “partial mobilization” of military reservists in Russia for the war in Ukraine. The Associated Press reports it’s the first mobilization in Russia since World War II.

The diocese encouraged in-person attendance for the prayer service, but will broadcast it on CTV: Catholic Television of the Diocese of Scranton and livestream on the Diocese of Scranton website, YouTube channel and social media platforms.