Pray for peace

Thou shalt do no murder.
— Deuteronomy 5:17

Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep this law.

My soul hath long dwelt among them : that are enemies unto peace.
I labour for peace, but when I speak unto them thereof : they make them ready to battle.

— Psalm 119/120:5-6

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
— Matthew 5:9

Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
— Matthew 26:52


TERNAL God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love; so mightily spread abroad thy Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

UR Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen.

AIL Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

For those killed

V. Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord.
R. And let light perpetual shine upon them.

May they rest in peace. Amen.

Prayer before a crucifix

EHOLD, O good and most sweet Jesu, I cast myself on my knees in thy presence, and with all the fervency of spirit pray and beseech thee that thou wouldst vouchsafe to imprint on my heart a lively sense of faith, hope, and charity, true repentance for my sins, and a most steadfast purpose of amendment, so do I ponder in my heart with deep affection and sorrow of soul, and inwardly contemplate thy five most precious wounds, having before my eyes that saying which the Prophet David put already in thy mouth concerning thyself, O good Jesu: they pierced my hands and feet; I can tell all my bones.

Anima Christi

OUL of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O good Jesu, hear me. Within thy wounds hide me. Suffer me not to be separated from thee. From the malicious enemy, defend me. In the hour of my death, call me. And bid me come to thee. That with thy saints I may praise thee for ever and ever. Amen.

ND there’s another country I’ve heard of long ago
Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know
We may not count her armies, we may not see her king
Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering
And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase
And her ways are ways of gentleness and all her paths are peace.

Go in peace

OU are Christians; then your Lord is one and the same with Jesus on the throne of his glory, with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, with Jesus received into your hearts in Communion, with Jesus who is mystically with you as you pray and with Jesus enshrined in the hearts and bodies of his brothers and sisters up and down the world.

OW go out into the highways and hedges and look for Jesus in the ragged and naked, in the oppressed and sweated, in those who have lost hope, and in those who are struggling to make good. Look for Jesus in them, and when you find him, gird yourselves with his towel of fellowship and wash his feet in the person of his brethren.

Frank Weston, late Bishop of Zanzibar

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