LACKAWANNA COUNTY, LUZERNE COUNTY (WOLF) — Across 11 counties the Diocese of Scranton held a special Holy Hour for Peace in Ukraine.
At the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Scranton Bishop Bambera lead the Holy Hour for Peace.
"Suffering and dying in such a senseless and barbaric way and so this is a small effort on our part to join our lives with theres to pray for them, to suffer with them and to offer our hope to an end to this moment of aggression and war," Bishop Bambera said.
Kathy Bolinski says she believes there is strength in numbers when it comes to prayer.
"When I watch what is happening in Ukraine on TV it is heartbreaking and I thought the very least I could do is come out and share my prayers with everyone else," Bolinski said.
Chester J. Klobukowski held a box while walking into the service.
Filled with over 200 rosaries, handmade by Klobukowski and his wife to send with supplies to Ukraine refugees.
"We hope to an end to the war, this is unreal, this is uncalled for," Klobukowski said.
117 parishes within the Diocese of Scranton held a similar prayer service.
At St. John the Evangelist Parish in Pittston, Father Andrii Dumnych from St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church shared his story.
Dumnych moved to America from Ukraine with his wife and three children in 2019.
Today, he is happy to spread hope for the people living in Ukraine through prayer.
"That is what we should do. Sharing some love, good news that go gave us a freedom, god gave us love that god gave us really something worth living in this life," Father Dumnych said.