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Saint Francis
The Peace Prayer
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, the truth;
Where there is doubt, the faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Scriptures to Read
Psalm 85
Ephesians 2:11-22
Matthew 5:3-12
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From Pax Christi
We come to you, God Creator.
You are the source of life and beauty and power.
Your son Jesus is the way of faith and hope and love.
Your Spirit is the fire of love,
the fount of wisdom,
the bond of unity.
You call us at all times to be people of the beatitudes,
Witnesses to the Gospel of peace and love and forgiveness.
You call us at this time, when war and rumours of war
weigh heavily on the peoples of Iraq and the Middle East.
Their lives are already broken by suffering and violence.
We renew our acceptance of your call.
We promise to work:
To bring the light of the Gospel to those living in
To bring the hope of the Gospel to those living in
To bring the healing of the Gospel to
the lonely, the disadvantaged, the marginalized,
And to bring the peace of the Gospel to a divided world.
Pax Christi UK

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Prayer for Peace with Iraq
Lord of hope and compassion, Friend
of Abraham
Who called our father in faith to journey
to a new future,
We remember before you the country of Iraq
from which he was summoned.
Ancient land of the Middle East,
realm of the two rivers,
Birthplace of great cities and of civilization.
May we who name ourselves children of Abraham,
Call to mind all the peoples of the Middle East
who honour him as father.
Those who guard and celebrate the Torah,
Those for whom the Word has walked on earth
and lived among us
Those who follow their prophet,
who listened for the word in the desert
And shaped a community after what he heard.
Lord of reconciliation, God of the painful sacrifice
uniting humankind
We long for the day when you will provide
for all nations of the earth your blessing of peace.
But now when strife and war are at hand,
help us to see in each other a family likeness,
our inheritance from our one father Abraham.
Keep hatred from the threshold of our hearts,
and preserve within us a generous spirit
which recognizes in both foe and friend
a common humanity.
This we ask in the name of the one who came
to offer us the costly gift of abundant life.

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Ecumenical Prayer Cycle on the Gulf Region
O God, who is the unsearchable abyss of peace,
the awesome sea of love,
the fountain of blessings
and the bestower of affection,
who sends peace to those that receive it;
Open to us this day the sea of your love
and water us with plenteous streams
from the riches of your grace
and from the most sweet springs of your kindness.
Make us children of quietness and heirs of peace,
enkindle in us the fire of your love;
sow in us your fear;
strengthen our weakness by your power;
bind us closely to you and to each other
in our firm and indissoluble bond of unity:
Syrian Clementine Liturgy

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Native American Prayer for Peace
O Great Spirit of our Ancestors,
I raise my pipe to you.
To your messengers the four winds,
and to Mother Earth who provides
for your children.
Give us the wisdom to teach our children
to love, to respect, and to be kind to each
other so that they may grow
with peace in mind.
Let us learn to share all good things that
you provide for us on this Earth.

Muslim Prayer for Peace
In the name of Allah,
the beneficent,
the merciful.
Praise be to the Lord of the Universe
who has created us and
made us into tribes and nations,
That we may know each other,
not that we may despise each other.
If the enemy incline towards peace,
do thou also incline towards peace, and trust God,
for the Lord is the one
that heareth and knoweth all things.
And the servants of God,
Most Gracious are those who walk on
the Earth in humility,
and when we address them, we say "PEACE."
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