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Peace Prayer

December 12, 2017
                prepared by Carmel Little, CSJP

Invitation to Prayer:

Advent is a time of waiting -  in Mary-like faithfulness.
Advent is a time of longing – longing for Christ to come to birth.
Mary is our model of faith because she listened, pondered,
and contemplated the Word of God in her life,
and witnessed to it in action.  Her example calls us 
to be receptive to God’s word and to act upon it.
Her Magnificat strengthens our resolve to work for justice.  #35
God of our longing, our hearts desire the warmth of your love
and our minds are searching for the light of your Word. 
Let us know your presence this day as we
to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus.
With Mary, with all peoples, and all creation we praise
and thank you for your faithfulness and love. 
We gratefully make this prayer in Jesus’ name.
Quiet Reflection
We identify with Mary’s acceptance of the word of God in her life
and aspire to her spirit of openness and wholehearted response.
Because we trust in God’s faithful love
and rely on the support and example of our sisters
and all others who touch our lives,
we are able to commit ourselves by vow to follow Jesus Christ.  #42
Hail Mary, Lady of Peace
Hail Mary, Lady of Peace,
We pray for the peace in our world;
make us peacemakers.
Hail Mary, Friend of common people,
Unite us across economic lines;
together let us raise up the cause
of the oppressed.
Hail Mary, Mother of Mexico,
Help us both appreciate Latin
America’s culture and work to
end its poverty.
Hail Mary, Mother of the infant Jesus,
We pray for all children who are
victims of war and hunger;
let us stand for them.
Hail Mary, Wife of the carpenter, Joseph,
We pray for the rights of hardworking
laborers in all the world; let their
dignity be recognized.
Hail Mary, Woman of all generations,
Move us to speak for the elderly who
lack adequate health care and shelter.
Hail Mary, Homeless Mother,
We pray for those without homes;
let us advocate for affordable housing.
Hail Mary, Lady of all colors,
show us how to love all people
     by challenging racism and discrimination.
Hail Mary, Mother of Our World,
Make us global citizens, working for justice and
well-being in all the world.
                                    Education for Justice, a Project of the Center of Concern
Quiet Reflection
Remember, O most gracious Virgin of Guadalupe,
that in your apparitions on Mount Tepeyac
you promised to show pity and compassion to all who,
loving and trusting you, seek your help and protection.
Accordingly, listen now to our supplications
and grant us consolation and relief.
We are full of hope that,
relying on your help,
nothing can trouble or affect us.
As you have remained with us through your admirable image,
so now obtain for us the graces we need. Amen.

Peace Prayer

"If our role as messengers of God’s good news means anything to us, the chorus of people begging for peace will touch a special place in our hearts. "

Patricia Lynch, CSJP