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Prayers for Peace


Lord Jesus Christ, who are called the Prince of Peace, who are yourself our peace and reconciliation, who so often said, "Peace to you," grant us peace. Make all men and women witnesses of truth, justice and brotherly love. Banish from their hearts whatever might endanger peace. Enlighten our rulers that they may guarantee and defend the great gift of peace. May all peoples on the earth become as brothers and sisters. May longed-for peace blossom forth and reign always over us all.
(Blessed John XXIII)


"Salve, Madre santa!" Virgin Daughter of Zion, how deeply must your Mother's heart suffer for this bloodshed!


The child you embrace has a name that is dear to the peoples of biblical religion: "Jesus," which means "God saves." So the Archangel named him before he was conceived in your womb (cf. Lk 2,21). In the face of the newborn Messiah, we recognize the face of all your children, who suffer from being despised and exploited. We recognize especially the faces of your children, to whatever race, nation or culture they may belong.


For them, O Mary, for their future, we ask you to move hearts hardened by hatred so that they may open to love and so that revenge may finally give way to forgiveness.

Obtain for us, O Mother, that the truth of this affirmation - No peace without justice, no justice without forgiveness - be engraved on every heart. Thus the human family will be able to find the true peace, that flows from the union of justice and mercy.


Holy Mother, Mother of the Prince of Peace, help us!
Mother of Humanity and Queen of Peace, pray for us!
(Blessed John Paul II)



Join Pope Francis in working for the "precious gift" of peace. Here are a few ways to get involved:

  1. Fast and pray. Make Saturday a day of penance by fasting from food - as well as other items and activities - and praying for peace in unity with the Church around the world. You can use the prayers found on this page.
  2. Call your parish. Find out if your parish is hosting a prayer vigil in answer to Pope Francis' request.
  3. Read. Check out resources from Our Sunday Visitor on the conflicts in the Mideast, peace and the power of prayer. See the boxes to the right.
  4. Evangelize. Pope Francis issued his invitation to people all faiths - even those who do not believe. Share his efforts, and encourage others to promote peace.
  5. Be social. As you pray and fast, invite others via social media to do the same. Share prayers and other resources.
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