4th August 1914. One hundred years on.

It would be remiss of me not to mark this historic day with a blog post. So many commemorations and acts of remembrance have been planned worldwide, that anything I pen here will be insignificant in the grand scheme of things. This morning I attended a local commemoration in the Peace Garden in town. It was a small event, but very meaningful to the hundred or so people who took part. One thing that impressed me was the reading of prayers from different faiths, underlining that we all have a responsibility and potential to work towards a peaceful future despite past conflict.

With that in mind my post for today is to list the prayers for peace used in 1986 at the World day of prayer for peace in 1896 and hope that you will find one that works for you. I hope to have more detail from the event I attended today, if I’m able to get permission to include a couple of modern day poems for peace, but for now, as we remember the sacrifices made 100 years ago, we should strive to uphold the peace that they worked for.

A Prayer by Each Religious Tradition:

May the frightened cease to be afraid
And those bound be free:
May the powerless find power,
And may people think of befriending one another.

May God protect us.
Common be our resolution.
Alike be our feeling towards our fellow beings.
United be our hearts.
Perfect be our unity for peace.

Forgive do I creatures all.
And let all creatures forgive me.
Know that violence is the root cause
of all miseries in the world.

Praise be to God, Lord of the Universe.
The Mercy-Giving, the Merciful!
You do we worship and You do we call on for help.
Guide us along the Straight Road.

Almighty God,
You are the One who does not hesitate to respond to our call:
You are the Cornerstone of Peace.
We pray for world peace.
Let peace reign in the Vatican.
Grant peace to Africa.
Grant peace to individuals, to homes and families,
And extend the same to all corners of the world.

O Great Spirit,
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 the good things that you provide for us on this earth.

O Lord in heaven,
Give peace to the earth.
Give well being to the world.
Establish tranquility in our dwellings.
And let us say, “Amen!”

Our Father, our Mother, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.



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