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Peace Prayer

March 28, 2017
prepared by Carmel Little, CSJP

 

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:  Thus says the Lord: Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity. I will heal your disloyalty; I will love you freely, for my anger has turned from you. I will be like the dew to you; You shall blossom like the lily, You shall strike root like the forests of Lebanon. Your shoots shall spread out; Your beauty shall be like the olive tree, And your fragrance like that of Lebanon. I will heal your disloyalty; I will love you freely.  (Hosea 14:4-8)


Prayer:
Compassionate God, you give us the unwavering call to do justice.

You tell us to defend the cause of the fatherless and the widow.
To love the foreigner residing among us.

To provide for the hungry, thirsty, and naked.
To love our enemy.

May your Spirit fill us with hope.
Remind us that we are good enough for you, so that in all things, we will follow your will,
     and take up the call to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with you.
                      Erica VanEssendelft, Office of Social Justice, Christian Reformed Church (adapted)


Quiet Reflection


LITANY OF HEALING AND RECONCILIATION

God Almighty, Creator of Life and Author of Justice: 
Have mercy on us.

Jesus Christ, Great Physician and Prince of Peace: 
Have mercy on us.

Holy Spirit, dwelling among us to make us whole:  
Have mercy on us.            

For the healing of our bodies: that all sickness, injury and disability may be removed;
We pray: Have mercy on us.
 Gracious God, hold us in your mercy.

For the healing of our minds: that we may be delivered from confusion, doubt and despair; 
We pray: Have mercy on us.
 Gracious God, hold us in your mercy.

For the healing of our hearts: that the burdens of anxiety, hatred, fear and isolation may be lifted;
We pray: Have mercy on us. 
Gracious God, hold us in your mercy.
               
For the healing of our souls: that we may be forgiven our sins and reconciled with our enemies;
We pray: Have mercy on us.
 Gracious God, hold us in your mercy.
                        
For the healing of our relationships: that we may love one another with a holy love and always see Christ in the other;
We pray: Have mercy on us.
 Gracious God, hold us in your mercy.

For the healing of our homes: that respect, patience, kindness, and love would dwell in them; and that our doors would ever be open to those in need;
We pray: Have mercy on us.
 Gracious God, hold us in your mercy.
                       
For the healing of our communities: that we would rise to the task of aiding those most in need of our help;
We pray: Have mercy on us.
 Gracious God, hold us in your mercy.
         
For the healing of the Church: that all schism and division may cease, and that we may worship you in unity and peace;
We pray: Have mercy on us.
 Gracious God, hold us in your mercy.

For the healing of our nation: that justice, compassion, and mercy would prevail;
We pray: Have mercy on us.
 Gracious God, hold us in your mercy.
                           
For the healing of the world: that the leaders of every nation would make for peace and no longer study war;
We pray: Have mercy on us.
 Gracious God, hold us in your mercy.

For the healing of the earth: that we would be granted  the grace and wisdom to use rightly the great gifts of creation.
We pray: Have mercy on us.
 Gracious God, hold us in your mercy.              

Prayer: O God, our hearts are longing for your peace, and the whole world cries out for justice and mercy.
During this season of Lent, give us the grace to deepen our efforts to make peace among ourselves.
Let us fan the flames of justice so that the starving will be fed, the naked will be clothed, and all in need will know your saving power.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Who lived and walked among us. Amen.
               (People’s Companion to the Breviary)
 

 

                  

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Peace Prayer

"The Spirit sounds herself in so many voices: sometimes Her whisper is persuasive and easy to follow; sometimes Her cry is fiery and threatening. But She must be listened to."

Dorothy Vidulich, CSJP