The Right Reverend Damien Mead, Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of the United Kingdom, Anglican Catholic Church, recently condemned the unacceptable aggression of the Russian armed forces against the Ukrainian people and especially the violence against civilians and non military targets.

Writing to the British Prime Minister and the Russian Embassy protesting the aggression, he said that both the people of the Ukraine and of Russia were in his prayers and he urged all in positions of power and responsibility to work together for peace.

In solidarity with the Ukrainian people the Bishop has raised the flag of the Ukraine outside the Pro Cathedral in Kent and has lit a candle for peace on the Altar in the Lady Chapel before the relic of the Veil of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Angelus devotion is prayed regularly before the Relic for the intention of Peace, not just in the Ukraine but throughout the world wherever war and terrorism bring so much suffering.

The reliquary, within which the relic is set, was carved in the Ukraine by a wonderful Christian craftsman the Bishop has been in touch with for some time.

The Bishop also issued a statement via Social Media regarding charitable support. “With so many good causes and charities desperately raising funds to assist with those suffering as a result of this war, I have chosen to support the  charitable endeavours to assist the plight of refugees via the Order of George, an international chivalric organisation, to which I have the privilege and honour to belong.  I heartily commend this cause to the support of those unsure how to help. Please follow this link to their appeal page:

O GOD, from whom all holy desires,
all good counsels, and all just works do proceed;
Give unto thy servants that peace
which the world cannot give;
that our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments,
and also that by thee, we,
being defended from the fear of our enemies,
may pass our time in rest and quietness;
through the merits of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.