Lord Jesus Christ, you are called the Prince of Peace;
who are yourself our peace and reconciliation—
who so often said “peace be with you, peace I give you”—
make all men and women bear witness
of truth, justice and fraternal love.
Banish from our hearts any feeling that
could jeopardize peace. Enlighten our rulers
that they can guarantee and defend in our villages,
the great gift of peace.
May all the peoples on earth, become as brothers and sisters.
Make peace to be present and endure above any situation.
Blessed John XXIII.
Assisi Province, South India
O! Peace, the prophetic voice
Break our silence in the midst of violence
O! Peace, the beauty of love and justice
Burn our lethargic heart to be the voice in the voiceless
O! Peace, the soothing balm
Make us generous to be a shelter
O! Peace, the force of liberty
Mould us to set freedom in the slaver
O! Peace, the healing power
Strengthen us to unfurl the banners of terrorism
O! Peace, the sweetness of soul
Enkindle us to cast out the chaos and turmoil
O! Peace, the melodious music
Raise our hearts to prince of peace, Jesus Christ.
Shanthi ! Shanthi!! Shanthi!!! (Peace ! Peace!! Peace!!!)
St. Francis Province, North India
O gracious God, we thank you for the men and women who walked the
path of peace to gift peace in the lives of people, in society, and in the world at large.
We join our hands and our hearts, as we come for
your blessing, especially the
gift of peace.
Lead humanity in the path of peace and
strengthen us to be instruments of peace.
Heal all that divides humanity, and
take away all that hinders peaceful living.
Let humanity experience soothing balm of forgiveness,
the calmness of peace, and the
bond of unity.
Guide the leaders of nations that they may work for peace in their nations.
Make us ambassadors of peace and let your glory be praised by our deeds.
We make this prayer through Jesus Christ,
the prince of peace and
the Holy Spirit, the source of peace, Amen.
May Your Peace Be with Us
May your peace descend upon us,
May your peace fill us,
May your peace make us restless,
May your peace accompany us in dark times,
May your peace teach us to trust,
May your peace give us courage to be peacemakers.
In your Easter message you promised us peace,
a peace that the world cannot give.
Let our willingness to live your peace
become reality in the hearts of all people and all nations.
International Leadership Team
O God, I ask for peace.
Purify my eyes to see peace,
Purify my mind to understand peace,
Purify my heart to love peace,
Purify my memory to work for peace-
the peace that comes from your
love and compassion.
O God, sustain my vision of peace
following your inspiration.
You have many ways of revealing your
presence and love for humanity.
You are in dialogue with all.
Make me, O God, a sign of your peace,
living a life-in-dialogue with you
to understand your silence
and seek your peace-
in dialogue with myself,
in dialogue with others,
to move together in confidence with all,
and to ensure a peaceful Earth in dialogue with creation.
Give me, O God, the courage to build peace
in the midst of divisions and conflicts
with all people of sincere hearts
who believe in your peace, your love and compassion.
From the Philippines
Lord Jesus, you who are richness, made yourself poverty.
You who are the center of the world, made yourself the periphery, the margin.
You took the torch of the poor and forgotten to gamble yourself for them—to raise high the flag of mercy.
You walked over the hills and rough terrain in search of the wounded sheep.
It is the hour to pack up the tents and to give ourselves to stopping the sobbing, the grief, the tears—to sustain dignity.
Now is coming a new dawn of liberation in which the swords will be buried in soil with the power to germinate life.
Give us, Lord Jesus, your sensitive and risking heart.
Free us from indifference and insensitivity.
Enable us also to commit to gambling ourselves for the poor and the abandoned.
Now is the hour to take up the banners of justice and peace and insert ourselves in the middle of the crowd, engulfed in tensions and conflicts, and to challenge materialism with alternative solutions.
Give us, Lord, the peace, the wisdom that will lead us to contemplation and nearness to you. Amen.
Adapted from Ignacio Larrañaga, The Book of Encounters