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Peace Prayer

November 14, 2017
prepared by Carmel Little, CSJP

Pray that two enemies will shake hands.
That makes four hands at peace with each other.
                                                Modern Prayer from Sarajevo
 

Constitutions:
We strive to make peace a reality
by becoming agents of reconciliation.
Among ourselves and with others
we work to heal divisions and hostilities
so that integrity and wholeness
may be more fully realized.  (#25)


Reading:

O believers, be steadfast witnesses for God with justice.
Do not let the hatred of the people make you act unjustly.
Be just, for justice is next to piety.
               The Qur’an: 5:8


Prayer:          Muslim Prayer for Peace

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
Accept our prayer to sustain us
     and our brothers and sisters of different beliefs
 in our desire for peace.
Help us to find this peace in our living together.
Lead us from hate to love and from violence to peace,
     from fear to trust and from despair to hope.
Enable us to eliminate poverty, prejudice and oppression
     so that peace may prevail with righteousness and justice. Amen


Quiet Reflection
 

Reading:        Psalm 85:8-13

Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for God will speak peace to the people, to the faithful,
to those who turn to God in their hearts. Surely God’s salvation is at hand for those who fear the Lord
that God’s glory may dwell in our land.
 
Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.
The Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.
Righteousness will go before the Yahweh, and will make a path for God’s steps.
 

Prayer:           Jewish Prayer for Peace

This we know:
fear can yield to faith, hope can reignite,
rage can cease, hatred can be melted…
Merciful One, illumine the sight of your children
to see you in each other’s eyes.
Merciful One spread the canopy of your peace
over us, over Ishmael, over all who dwell on earth.  Amen
 

Quiet Reflection

 

Reading:

            Peace is God’s gift to us, given in Christ,
            a gift we experience and enjoy now,
            though not in its completeness.
            We believe that peace points beyond itself in hope
            to the fullness of time.            Constitutions #1
 

Prayer: 
         
O God of Mercy and Tender Compassion, 

We cry out to you in this time of crisis.

Hear the cries of the people
     of all the war torn countries of the world.

Bring healing to those suffering from violence

     and comfort to those mourning the dead.
 
O God of Hope, 
sustain those who labor
     for peaceful and just solutions.

Inspire leaders and decision makers
     to choose 
the way of peace over the way of violence.

Deliver all your children from the threat of war
     and teach us to encounter one another with reverence and love.
 
We pray in the name of Jesus Christ
     
who came to bring to peace on earth
         and who abides with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.
 Amen
               Sr. Deborah Harmeling, O.S.B. (adapted)
 

Peace Prayer

"Life and prayer are intertwined, because the natural thing to do is to talk to God, to pray. Nothing is compartmentalized. "

Margaret Dove, CSJP