Peace and Justice
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
We come before you, Lord,
crying out in a violent land,
crying for peace.
Conflict is tearing people apart.
Our brothers and sisters suffer around the world.
We share their pain.
As refugees search for a home in foreign lands, guide them.
As world leaders try to dialogue peacefully, give them wisdom.
As strangers knock on our doors, help us to welcome them.
You are the Almighty, the Prince of Peace!
Give us hope for tomorrow.
May your peace flow like a river through a dry land.
— Erica VanEssendelft, Office of Social Justice, Christian Reformed Church
A Peace Blessing
May God banish from our hearts whatever might endanger peace.
May God transform us into witnesses of truth, justice and love.
May God enlighten the rulers of peoples so that in addition to their solicitude for the proper welfare of their citizens,
they may guarantee and defend the great gift of peace.
May God enkindle the will of all,
so that they may overcome the barriers that divide,
cherish the bonds of mutual charity, understand others,
and pardon those who have done them wrong.
May all peoples of the earth become as one, and
may the most longed-for peace blossom forth and reign always among them.
– Adapted from Pope John XXIII Pacem in Terris
JUSTICE AND PEACE PRAYER
O God of true democracy, of justice and love, our hope is in you. We pray for our country, its leaders, the people and our environment.
Grant that we all take up the challenge of building a just nation, the poor being its very foundation, and that we may be responsible for our earth and cosmos.
Like Jesus of the Gospel, fill our hearts with your Spirit to be fully human by affirming the dignity of all as we wish to live out our ministry of Justice and Peace.
Guide us to bring your justice and peace into our parishes and our work places, to our families and communities. Be with each of us.
Gift us with openness, a listening heart and courage to act justly and peacefully, to love tenderly and walk humbly with You our God. We ask this through our Lord Jesus, our Friend and Model.
– Fr. Michel Meunier, “Modern Prayers for Africa and the World”, Missionaries of Africa, South Africa
Prayers for Peace
O God, who would fold both heaven and earth in a single peace:
Let the design of your great love lighten upon the waste of our wraths and sorrows:
and give peace to your Church, peace among nations,
peace in our dwellings, and peace in our hearts:
through your Son our Savior Jesus Christ.