Prayers for Peace

For Peace

Eternal 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 your 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 forever. Amen.

— Book of Common Prayer


I Have Come into the World to See This                                      Hafiz

I have come into this world to see this:

the sword drop from men’s hands even at the height of their arc of anger because we have finally realized there is just one flesh to wound and it is His – the Christ’s, our Beloved’s.

I have come into this world to see this:

all creatures hold hands as we pass through this miraculous existence we share on the way to even a greater being of soul, a being of just ecstatic light, forever entwined and at play with Him.

I have come into this world to hear this:

every song the earth has sung since it was conceived in the Divine’s womb and began spinning from His wish, every song by wing and fin and hoof, every song by hill and field and tree and woman and child, every song of stream and rock, every song of tool and lyre and flute, every song of gold and emerald and fire, every song the heart should cry with magnificent dignity to know itself as God: for all other knowledge will leave us again in want and aching – only imbibing the glorious Sun will complete us.

I have come into this world to experience this:

men so true to love they would rather die before speaking an unkind word, men so true their lives are His covenant – the promise of hope.

I have come into this world to see this:

the sword drop from men’s hands even at the height of their arc of rage because we have finally realized there is just one flesh we can wound. — Hafiz

A Prayer For Peace

O God, you will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are fixed on you; for in returning and rest we shall be saved; in quietness and trust shall be our strength.  — Isaiah 26:3; 30:15

Grant Us Your Salvation

Show us your mercy, O Lord; And grant us your salvation.

Clothe your ministers with righteousness; Let your people sing with joy.

Give peace, O Lord, in all the world; For only in you can we live in safety.

Lord, keep this nation under your care; And guide us in the way of justice and truth.

Let your way be known upon earth; Your saving health among all nations.

Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten; Nor the hope of the poor be taken away.

Create in us clean hearts, O God; And sustain us by your Holy Spirit.

— Book of Common Prayer 1979

Make Me An Instrument of Your Peace

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love,

Where there is injury, pardon

Where there is doubt, faith,

Where there is despair, hope,

Where there is darkness, light,

Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much

seek to be consoled as to console,

not so much to be understood as to understand,

not so much to be loved, as to love;

for it is in giving that we receive,

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

it is in dying that we awake to eternal life.

— attributed to St. Francis of Assisi

Prayer For Peace Among Nations

O Almighty God, the Father of all humanity, turn, we pray, the hearts of all peoples and their rulers, that by the power of your Holy Spirit peace may be established among the nations on the foundation of justice, righteousness and truth; through him who was lifted up on the cross to draw all people to himself, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

— William Temple (1881-1944)

The Coventry Litany of Reconciliation

On the night of Thursday, November 14, 1940 a German air raid devastated Coventry and its Cathedral. Since then the Cathedral’s mission has been one of forgiveness, new life, and reconciliation.                                                                                          

Leader: All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

The Hatred which divides nation from nation, race from race, class from class,

Father forgive.

The covetous desires of people and nations to possess what is not their own,

Father forgive.

The greed which exploits the work of human hands and lays waste the earth,

Father forgive.

Our envy of the welfare and happiness of others,

Father forgive.

 Our indifference to the plight of the imprisoned, the homeless, the refugee,

Father forgive.

The lust which dishonors the bodies of men, women and children,

Father forgive.

The pride which leads us to trust in ourselves and not in God,

Father forgive.

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.


For our Enemies

O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth; deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty, and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer


Prayer for Peace

O God of many names

Lover of all nations

We pray for peace

In our hearts

In our homes

In our nations

In our world

The peace of your will

The peace of our need

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

— George Appleton


Help Your Children

O God Source of Life, Creator of Peace. . .

Help Your children, anguished and confused,

To understand the futility of hatred and violence

And grant them the ability to stretch across

Political, religious and national boundaries

So they may confront horror and fear

By continuing together

In the search for justice, peace and truth. .

With every fiber of our being

We beg You, O God,

To help us not to fail nor falter.


Rabbi H. Rolando Matalon

Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, New York, NY


Guide us on the straight way

In the name of God, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful:

Guide us on the straight way, the way of those whom thou has blessed.

Help us so that we do not transgress the bounds of what is right and lawful.

Take us out of deep darkness into light.

Make us not bear burdens which we have no strength to bear.

Help us bring about mutual affection and understanding between us.

Grant us Thy forgiveness and blessings, O Our Sustainer,

for with Thee is all journeys’ end.


Mian Ashraf

New England Islamic Center, Sharon, MA


Help us to uphold the values

Help us to uphold the values that are so central to whom we are:

human beings created B’tzelem Elohim

– in the image of God.

Help us to recognize that the inherent dignity

of all members of the human family is the

foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world.

The inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights

of all members of the human family are the

foundations of freedom, justice, and peace in the world.

May we find the strength to protect and plead

the cause of the stranger among us,

to ensure just treatment for all who dwell in our land.


Rabbi Brant Rosen

Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, Evanston, IL