New York’s Ukrainian Chorus Opens SNL With Moving Prayer for Ukraine

Saturday Night Live, YouTube

This is so moving! 😭

Saturday Night Live began the Feb. 26 show with a cold opening of the Ukrainian Chorus Dumka of New York singing “A Prayer for Ukraine.” The show normally opens with a skit.

Cast members Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong introduced the choir.

The patriotic hymn dates back to the late 19th century, pleading to God for blessings, freedom, and protection.

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Here’s the video below:


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Here’s one English translation:

“Lord, oh the Great and Almighty,

Protect our beloved Ukraine,

Bless her with freedom and light

Of your holy rays.

With learning and knowledge enlighten

Us, your children small,

In love pure and everlasting

Let us, oh Lord, grow.

We pray, oh Lord Almighty,

Protect our beloved Ukraine,

Grant our people and country

All your kindness and grace.

Bless us with freedom, bless us with wisdom,

Guide [us] into [a] kind world,

Bless us, oh Lord, with good fortune

For ever and evermore.”

Here’s how some people reacted to the video:

Steven Tomlin, YouTube

One YouTube user said, “This was the WARMEST ‘Cold Open’ I’ve ever seen from SNL. Such a simple and moving way to honor the sacrifices the Ukrainian people are forced to make.”

John Salamone, YouTube

Another user said, “Beautiful way to open the show, and show our solidarity with Ukraine. Peace.”

Amelie Mews, YouTube

Someone else added, “🇺🇦✨🤍🕯 Слава, сила і мир Україні / Glory, strength and peace to Ukraine. 🕊”

Jeff Taylor, YouTube

One user also said, “May God bless Ukraine and its people. Protect them from this evil. Our hearts and love go out to their people. We stand with you!”

Pray for Ukraine!

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[See also: Our Lady of Fatima’s 3 Spiritual Weapons to End War & Obtain Peace]

[See also: Pope Francis Calls for Day of Prayer & Fasting for Peace Amid Ukraine Crisis]

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Jacqueline Burkepile is the editor for the English edition of ChurchPOP. She is a journalist, former university campus minister, and a wife and mother. You can follow her posts on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok.

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Jacqueline Burkepile is the editor for the English edition of ChurchPOP. She is a journalist, former university campus minister, and a wife and mother. You can follow her posts on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok.