Prayers for Peace

1 Timothy 2:1-3

"I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior..." (Compare NAB.)

"At times like these [when we are at war], we turn to God and ask for wisdom and perseverance, courage and compassion, faith and hope. We Christians are called to be "sentinels of peace," the Holy Father reminds us. We join with him in urging Catholics to dedicate [ourselves] to reflection, prayer and fasting that the trials and tragedy of war will soon be replaced by a just and lasting peace." Bishop Gregory's March 19, 2003 statement on the war with IraqSee NCCB page on peace.
Prayer for World Peace


"Lord, we pray for the power to be gentle, the strength to be forgiving, the patience to be understanding, and the endurance to accept the consequences of holding to we believe to be right.

May we put our trust in the power of good to overcome evil and the power of love to overcome hatred. We pray for the vision to see and the faith to believe in a world emancipated from violence...

Help us to devote our whole life, thought and energy to the task of making peace, praying always for the inspiration and the power to fulfill the destiny for which we were created." Anonymous.


Call of Pope John Paul II
Interfaith Day of Prayer for Peace at Assisi,
January 24, 2002


Violence never again!

War never again!

Terrorism never again!

In God's name,

May all religions bring upon earth,

Justice and peace,

Forgiveness, life and love!



Psalm 122

For the peace of Jerusalem


I rejoiced when they said to me,

"Let us go to the house of the LORD."

And now our feet are standing within your gates, Jerusalem.

Jerusalem, built as a city, walled round about.

Here the tribes have come,

the tribes of the LORD,

As it was decreed for Israel,

to give thanks to the name of the LORD.

Here are the thrones of justice,

the thrones of the house of David.

For the peace of Jerusalem pray:

"May those who love you prosper!

May peace be within your ramparts,

prosperity within your towers."

For family and friends I say,

"May peace be yours."

For the house of the LORD, our God, I pray, "May blessings be yours."



Prayer of Pope John Paul II

Regina Caeli, April 21, 2002


May the Blessed Virgin Mary obtain for the parties in conflict the courage of peace and for the international community an unyielding solidarity. May Israelis and Palestinians be able to learn to live together and may the Holy Land finally return to being a sacred land and a land of peace.


Prayer of Saint Francis


Lord make me an instrument of your peace,

Where there is hatred let me sow love.

Where there is injury, pardon.

Where there is doubt, 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.



Prayer of Pope John Paul II
General Audience, September 12, 2001,
the day after the 9/11 Terrorist Attack


O Almighty and merciful God,

you cannot be understood by the one who sows discord,

you cannot be accepted by the one who loves violence:

look upon our painful human condition,

tried by cruel acts of terror and death,

comfort your children

and open our hearts to hope,

so that our time may again know days of serenity and peace. Through Christ our Lord.



Opening Prayer, Mass for Peace and Justice


God our Father,

You reveal that those who work for peace will be called your sons [and daughters].

Help us to work without ceasing for that justice which brings true and lasting peace.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.


Decalogue of Assisi For Peace
Sent by Pope John Paul II to
All The Heads of State and
Government of the World
February 24, 2002


1. We commit ourselves to proclaiming our firm conviction that violence and terrorism are incompatible with the authentic spirit of religion, and, as we condemn every recourse to violence and war in the name of God or of religion, we commit ourselves to doing everything possible to eliminate the root causes of terrorism.

2. We commit ourselves to educating people to mutual respect and esteem, in order to help bring about a peaceful and fraternal coexistence between people of different ethnic groups, cultures and religions.

3. We commit ourselves to fostering the culture of dialogue, so that there will be an increase of understanding and mutual trust between individuals and among peoples, for these are the premise of authentic peace.

4. We commit ourselves to defending the right of everyone to live a decent life in accordance with their own cultural identity, and to form freely a family of his own.

5. We commit ourselves to frank and patient dialogue, refusing to consider our differences as an insurmountable barrier, but recognizing instead that to encounter the diversity of others can become an opportunity for greater reciprocal understanding.

6. We commit ourselves to forgiving one another for past and present errors and prejudices, and to supporting one another in a common effort both to overcome selfishness and arrogance, hatred and violence, and to learn from the past that peace without justice is no true peace.

7. We commit ourselves to taking the side of the poor and the helpless, to speaking out for those who have no voice and to working effectively to change these situations, out of the conviction that no one can be happy alone.

8. We commit ourselves to taking up the cry of those who refuse to be resigned to violence and

evil, and we desire to make every effort possible to offer the men and women of our time real hope for justice and peace.

9. We commit ourselves to encouraging all efforts to promote friendship between peoples, for we are convinced that, in the absence of solidarity and understanding between peoples, technological progress exposes the world to a growing risk of destruction and death.

10. We commit ourselves to urging leaders of nations to make every effort to create and consolidate, on the national and international levels, a world of solidarity and peace based on justice.



Opening Prayer,
Mass in Time of War or Civil Disturbance


God of power and mercy,

You destroy war and put down earthly pride.

Banish violence from our midst and wipe away our tears that we may all deserve to be called your sons and daughters.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.



Responsorial Psalm 85: 9-10, 11-12, 13-14


R: The Lord speaks of peace to the people.

I will listen for the word of God; surely the LORD will proclaim peace to the people, to the faithful, to those who trust in God.

Near indeed is salvation for the loyal; prosperity will fill our land.

R: The Lord speaks of peace to the people.

Love and truth will meet; justice and peace will kiss.

Truth will spring from the earth; justice will look down from heaven.

R: The Lord speaks of peace to the people.

The LORD will surely grant abundance; our land will yield its increase.

Prosperity will march before the Lord, and good fortune will follow behind.

R: The Lord speaks of peace to the people.

These prayers were chosen by the office of Justice and Peace Ministries for the Archdiocese of Seattle and made available to parishes. It is presented here for use in light of the war with Iraq and the continual conflict with terrorism. As pastor I have told my parishioners that is never un-American to pray for peace. War has broken out many times in our history as a nation, and is as old as time for the human race. Our request of God is always that He lead us to peace. Sometimes all we can do is leave events in His hands as we make our prayer, trusting in His guidance to leaders, and trusting His grace to limit harm.


Prayer for Enemies
"O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies; Lead them and us from prejudice to truth; deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you; through Christ our lord. Amen." Book of Common Prayer.
Scripture (NAB)

Matthew 5:9 "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."

John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid."

John 16:33 "I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world."

Romans 8:6 "The concern of the flesh is death, but the concern of the spirit is life and peace."

Romans 12:18 "If possible, on your part, live at peace with all."

Romans 14:17 "For the kingdom of God is not a matter of food and drink, but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the holy Spirit..."

Romans 14:19 "Let us 4 then pursue what leads to peace and to building up one another."

1 Corinthians 14:33 "[S]ince he is not the God of disorder but of peace."

2 Corinthians 13:11 "Finally, brothers, rejoice. Mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you."

Colossians 3:15 "And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful."

Hebrews 12:14 "Strive for peace with everyone, and for that holiness without which no one will see the Lord."

These prayers are presented for noncommercial religious and educational use only. No other use is intended or permitted. See 17USC107.

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