Tuesday, September 3, 2013

INTERCESSIONS FOR PEACE


Drawn from the words of Pope Francis
before the Angelus on September 1, 2013

That our Heavenly Father might hear the cry for peace of a world torn apart by divisions and conflict and give us the grace to live as the one great family which is humanity;
We pray to the Lord:

That the precious gift of peace might be promoted and protected in Syria, the Middle East and all throughout the world;
We pray to the Lord:

That aware of the judgment of God and of history upon our actions, all nations might come to understand that war begets war, violence begets violence;
We pray to the Lord:

That each party in every conflict might come to listen to the voice of their own conscience and courageously to follow the path of encounter and negotiation;
We pray to the Lord:

That God might guide the international community to make every effort to promote clear proposals for peace for the good of the entire Syrian people;
We pray to the Lord:

That God might teach us how to provide humanitarian assistance to those wounded by this terrible conflict;
We pray to the Lord:

That the plea for peace rise up and touch the heart of everyone tempted by violence so that they may lay down their weapons;
We pray to the Lord:

That through the Intercession of Mary, Mother of Peace, we might respond to violence, to conflict and to war, with the power of dialogue, reconciliation and love;
We pray to the Lord:

That through the example of Mary, Mother of Peace, we might dedicate ourselves each day to building an authentic culture of encounter and peace;
We pray to the Lord: