Prayers for Peace
Oh God, lead us from the unreal to the Real. Oh God, lead us from darkness to light. Oh God, lead us from death to immortality. Shanti, Shanti, Shanti unto all.
May all beings everywhere plagued with sufferings of body and mind quickly be freed from their illnesses. May all beings swiftly attain Buddhahood.
We pray to God that understanding will triumph over ignorance, that generosity will triumph over indifference, that trust will triumph over contempt, and that truth will triumph over falsehood.
Peace and universal love is the essence of all the Gospels. Forgive do I creatures all, and let all creatures forgive me.
Oh come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, that we may walk the paths of the Most High. And we will beat our swords into ploughshares and our spears into pruning hooks.
We earnestly wish that the wind will soon puff away all the clouds hanging over the tops of the mountains.
Native African Prayer
For you are one who does not hesitate to respond to our call, you are the cornerstone of peace.
Native American Prayer
Give us the wisdom to teach our children to love, to respect and to be kind to one another, so that we may grow with peace in mind.
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 despise each other.
Be a breath of life unto the body of humankind, a dew upon the soil of the human heart, and a fruit upon the tree of humility.
Know that we attain God when we love, and only that victory endures in consequence of which no one is defeated.
Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. Blessed be the Peacemakers, for they are called the Children of God.
“At the invitation of Pope John Paul II, the religious leaders of the world assembled for the first time in history to Pray Peace on earth. The Sacred Office of Peace is comprised of the prayers handed down on the Day of Prayer for the World in Assisi, Italy, on October 27, United Nations International Year of Peace 1986.
Special thanks goes to Lewis Randa, and everyone at The Peace Abbey in Sherborn, Mass, who attended the gathering in Assisi, and who have been the stewards of The Sacred Office of Peace.
(The Peace Prayers have been presented in a form that specifically avoids the use of sexist language where such language has been present in the original form of the prayers. Other slight adaptations have been performed.)”
– The Beloved Community Prayer and Ceremony Book (rev 01/06)
* We use the Peace Prayers presented as a daily meditation as well as for Praying Peace for the world.