Church in Need
Almighty God, you are the Lord of History. Our lives are in your hands. We entrust to you the need of our time: the war in Ukraine fills us with concern and fear.
We cry out to you: Receive the dead with you and comfort the bereaved. Stand by the refugees and the displaced. Heal the wounded in body and soul. Be close to all who are helping those who suffer.
Look upon the warring parties. Send your insight, courage, and the pursuit of peace and reconciliation, even when everything seems hopeless. Encourage the leaders in East and West not to lose themselves in hatred and threat, but to serve the good of all.
Let truth prevail, not war cries and threats. Let us not fall into anger and despair, but see your beloved children, our brothers and sisters, in all people.
Lord, send your Holy Spirit over the earth now, the Spirit that conquers division, the Spirit that leads to freedom, the Spirit that overcomes war.
Lord, it is time! Be close to us and to all people in the war zones of this earth. Let us find comfort and security in you. Give our earth the peace that only you can give. You are the Lord of time and eternity.
Holy Mary, Queen of Peace, intercede for us and for the whole world. Amen
St. Francis Province, North India
Lord Jesus Christ, you are the source of life and peace, you came that the world might know the peace that you have experienced with the father eternally. Yet you taught us that in this life there will be wars and rumors of wars. Nations will rise against nations as violence works itself out in the world. However, through you, the world may be saved. O Lord send your spirit into the hearts of all humankind, that the world might know true peace through your abundant mercy. Lord, we pray for the conversion of the people who create chaos and confusion in the world. Let your peace remain with them so that they may change their mind and heart and radiate peace in the world. Amen
Assisi Province, South India
O God, author and giver of peace, in whose image and likeness each of us has been created with a human dignity worthy of respect on earth and destined for eternal glory, Listen to the cry that rises from every corner of this fragile earth, from our human family torn by violent conflict.
To world leaders grant the wisdom to see beyond the boundaries of race, religion, and nation to that common humanity that makes us all your children and brothers and sisters to one another.
To the innocent who live in the shadow of war and terror, especially the frightened children, be a shelter and strength, their heaven and hope.
And to those who have already lost their lives as victims of human cruelty and chemical warfare, open wide your arms and enfold them all in the embrace of your compassion, healing, and everlasting life.
Grant this through Jesus Christ, your son, our Lord. Amen.
International Leadership Team
Pope Francis’ Prayer for Peace
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!
We thank you for your church, founded upon your Word, that challenges us to do more than sing and pray,
but go out and work as though the very answer to our prayers depended on us and
not upon you.
Help us to realize that humanity was created to shine like the stars and live on
through all eternity.
Keep us, we pray, in perfect peace.
Help us to walk together,
and live together
until that day when all God's children
-Black, White, Red, Brown and Yellow-
will rejoice in one common band of humanity
in the reign of our Lord and of our God, we pray.
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
From the Gospel, Jesus Christ provides us with an inner peace that surpasses the peace offered by the world. If we trust Him in faith, we can feel peace in any situation. "Peace, I leave with you, my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you." John 14:27
We ask that the peace that Jesus offers to us may reach the hearts where there is war, and the countries where there is violence and destruction of life. Make us instruments of the peace that comes from You, so that we can bring peace to all those people who need it so much.
We also ask You, that the rulers of our countries seek ways to make peace possible for all peoples.