Lord, make me a channel of your peace,
That where there is hatred, I may bring love;
Where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
Where there is discord, I may bring harmony;
Where there is error, I may bring truth;
Where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
Where there is despair, I may bring hope;
Where there are shadows, I may bring light;
Where there is sadness, I may bring joy;

Lord, grant that I may seek
Rather to comfort than to be comforted;
To understand than to be understood;
To love than to be loved;
For it is by forgetting self that one finds;
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven;
It is by dying that one awakens to eternal life.


Make us worthy, Lord,
to serve our fellow-men throughout the world
who live and die in poverty and hunger.
Give them through our hands, this day their daily bread,
and by our understanding love, give peace and joy.


I will appoint peace your governor, and justice your ruler.
No longer shall violence be heard of in your land,
Or plunder and ruin your boundaries.
Is 60:17b- 18a

To the Creator of nature and man, of truth and beauty, I pray:

Hear my voice, for it is the voice of the victims of all wars
and violence among individuals and nations.

Hear my voice, for it is the voice of all children
who suffer and will suffer when people put their faith in weapons and war.

Hear my voice when I beg You to instill into hearts of all human beings
the wisdom of peace, the strength of justice, and the joy of fellowship.

Hear my voice, for I speak for the multitudes
in every country and in every period of history
who do not want war and are ready to walk the road of peace.

Hear my voice and grant insight and strength so that we may respond
to hatred with love,
to injustice with total dedication to justice,
to need with the sharing of self,
to war with peace.

O God, hear my voice and grant unto the world Your everlasting peace.


God of our longing,
Remember those who wait and hope for peace.
Hear our prayer and our lament for our brothers and sisters in Israel and Palestine.
With them, we share a common story, set in a common homeland.
Make common also a will to forgive, to reconcile,
to make a just peace for the sake of the ancestors,
for the sake of the children.
Open ears, eyes and hearts
and make a way toward justice
in our war-torn world.
God all merciful,
you dwell in all human hearts
And the Holy Land is wherever you make your home.
Heal these broken places where prophets preached,
Where Moses and Jesus and Muhammad kept faith with you.
Be a sure support for those who work toward reconciliation
And make us all, however far away, steadfast in their cause.

From: Prayer Without Borders, Catholic Relief Services, USA

8 June 2014

Lord God of peace, hear our prayer!

We have tried so many times and over so many years to resolve our conflicts
by our own powers and by the force of our arms.
How many moments of hostility and darkness have we experienced;
how much blood has been shed;
how many lives have been shattered;
how many hopes have been buried…
But our efforts have been in vain.

Now, Lord, come to our aid!
Grant us peace, teach us peace; guide our steps in the way of peace.
Open our eyes and our hearts,
and give us the courage to say: “Never again war!”
“With war everything is lost”.
Instill in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.

Lord, God of Abraham, God of the Prophets, God of Love,
you created us and you call us to live as brothers and sisters.
Give us the strength daily to be instruments of peace;
enable us to see everyone who crosses our path as our brother or sister.
Make us sensitive to the plea of our citizens
who entreat us to turn our weapons of war into implements of peace,
our trepidation into confident trust,
and our quarreling into forgiveness.
Keep alive within us the flame of hope,
so that with patience and perseverance
we may opt for dialogue and reconciliation.
In this way may peace triumph at last,
and may the words “division”, “hatred” and “war”
be banished from the heart of every man and woman.
Lord, defuse the violence of our tongues and our hands.
Renew our hearts and minds,
so that the word which always brings us together will be “brother”,
and our way of life will always be that of: Shalom, Peace, Salaam!


God of love,
as we remain in your presence
you allow us to glimpse the beauty of what you have created,
of all that comes from you,
and of your inexhaustible compassion.
You strengthen our consideration of others and of all creation.
Help us discover the value of all things
and make of us bearers of your peace to the whole human family.

In a world where violence disconcerts us,
we would like to follow you, Christ Jesus.
You defeated hatred and evil.
We welcome your peace in order to pass it on to others around us.
And with all women and men of good will
we want to protect the dignity of every human being.