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International Day of Prayer for Peace

The World Council of Churches has designated September 21 as International Day of Prayer for Peace. The day is observed to encourage worldwide, spiritual observations for peace and nonviolence, by all religious and spiritually based groups and individuals, and by all men, women, and children who seek peace in the world.

International Day of Peace, also known as World Peace Day, is celebrated on this day. The event is sponsored by the United Nations.


Prayer for Peace

Gentle Spirit,

Breathe in us the wind

of truth, wisdom and righteousness.

May your Presence inspire us

 to create labyrinths of peace.

Compassionate One,

                Make our hearts burn with love,

honoring all peoples and creation.

                Bless all nations, every family and community

                                while we seek to work for justice and unity.

Prince of Peace,

                Lead us to ways of healing and reconciliation

                                we pray with those who suffer and struggle.     

                Bless us with your reconciling love that knows no boundaries

                             as we seek to live in community, justice and peace.

                                                                  So be it.

Rev. Elizabeth S. Tapia, Global Ministries

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