prayers for peace

The Prayer of Saint Francis

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
Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled … as to console
To be understood … as to understand,
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 are born to eternal life

Buddhist Prayer for Peace

May all beings everywhere plagued
with sufferings of body and mind
quickly be freed from their illnesses.
May those frightened cease to be afraid,
and may those bound be free.
May the powerless find power,
and may people think of befriending
one another.
May those who find themselves in trackless,
fearful wilderness—
the children, the age, the unprotected–
be guarded by beneficial celestials,
and may they swiftly attain Buddhahood

Muslim Prayer for Peace

In the name of Allah,
the beneficent, the merciful.
Praise be to the Lord of the
Universe who has created us and
made us into tribes and nations
That we may know each other, not that
we may despise each other.
If the enemy incline towards peace, do
thou also incline towards peace, and
trust God, for the Lord is the one that
heareth and knoweth all things.
And the servants of God,
Most gracious are those who walk on
the Earth in humility, and when we
address them, we say “PEACE.”

Jewish Prayer for Peace

May we see the day when war and bloodshed cease
when a great peace will embrace the whole world
Then nation shall not threaten nation
and humankind will not again know war.
For all who live on earth shall realize
we have not come into being to hate or destroy
We have come into being
to praise, to labour and to love.
Compassionate God, bless all the leaders of all nations
with the power of compassion.
Fulfill the promise conveyed in Scripture:
“I will bring peace to the land,
and you shall lie down and no one shall terrify you.
I will rid the land of vicious beasts
and it shall not be ravaged by war.”
Let love and justice flow like a mighty stream.
Let peace fill the earth as the waters fill the sea.
And let us say: Amen


More prayers here.

This is your late afternoon open thread.

178 Responses to “prayers for peace”

  1. April 19, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Thank you LL. Thought I would bring snacks…

  2. 2 donna dem 4 obama
    April 19, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Where there is darkness โ€ฆ light

  3. 3 57andfemale
    April 19, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Beautiful. Am I first?

  4. 5 Bill R.
    April 19, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Love those prayers, the one of St. Francis is a lifelong favorite. Francis is my confirmation name and patron saint.

  5. 7 Bill R.
    April 19, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    • 8 Jovie
      April 19, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      The Authorities should put some light on this soon, we shall see how right or wrong msnbc is?

  6. April 19, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    I’ve actually been looking for prayers like these for a couple of days. My librarian skills finally kicked in.

  7. 13 utaustinliberal
    April 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Lindsey Graham was a lawyer. A LAWYER. A U.S. Citizen on U.S. soil isn’t an enemy combatant and according to the SCOTUS, you cannot ignore Miranda Rights.

    Jesus take the wheel.

    • 14 anniebella
      April 19, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      I think if little lying Lindsey what to be President, he should run. If not shut his lying freaking mouth. No one what to hear his bull crap.

    • 15 Lovepolitics2008
      April 19, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      I have a feeling that professional interrogators of the FBI won’t have big problems with a nineteen year old kid who hasn’t had any training in resisting interrogation. Lindsey Graham is a wet noodle.

  8. 16 utaustinliberal
    April 19, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Meta was right. It’s not a scam.

  9. April 19, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Beautiful. Love St. Francis, and now these, too. Thanks for posting!

  10. April 19, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Miss Lindsey Graham shout shut the hell up, don’t need his opinion right now

  11. 22 japa21
    April 19, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Shalom, salaam.

  12. April 19, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    So glad to be home…I was in Minnesota last week. It was snowing the last couple of days. So glad to be back in the SoCal sunshine. I have been lurking and keeping in touch with events from my android phone. My prayers to the families in Boston who lost loved ones and those that were injured. Prayers also to the family of the two men who hurt them. It is so sad that these young men choose terrorism instead of peace. I keep thinking what is happening to us. It sounds like their family came to this country to get away from persecution during the height of 9/11 and may have witnessed intolerance of our muslim brothers. I pray that there is no retaliation against innocent muslims but we know what will happen unfortunately. When I was waiting for my plane an older couple were talking and the man said “they are muslims” and of course he was not.

  13. 27 Jovie
    April 19, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I wish they would read miss Lindsey his rights.

  14. 28 lamh36
    April 19, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Damn! I just got off from work. It’s amazing what things you miss when your in the basement (most labs in hospital are on ground floor or basement). Shit I got a lot to catch up on.

    where is the best place to get a timeline/point by point writeup where I can read about what I missed

  15. April 19, 2013 at 5:36 pm

  16. 33 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 19, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Was over on the last thread, reading and talking to myself. I’ll just give the highlight from my comment:

    Brother & family of D-i-L #2 is safe and sound. They live in the midst of the storm and have NO complaints about the way the operation is being conducted.

  17. April 19, 2013 at 5:47 pm

  18. 35 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 19, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    ********YARDARM ALERT********

    Yardarm is safe and sound; up at the Dells. Lousy internet connection which is why he has not responded to our DMs and emails. He’ll be back on deck either Saturday night or Sunday morning.

    After I ascertained that he was alive, well, absolutely fine — told him I was going to kick his azz for failing to checkout!

  19. April 19, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Dear LL, deep gratitude for the prayers. Just what I needed today!

  20. April 19, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    What a beautiful post LL, just perfect. Thank you!

  21. 48 donna dem 4 obama
    April 19, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    SMH – Sigh!!!!

  22. April 19, 2013 at 5:56 pm

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  26. April 19, 2013 at 6:04 pm

  27. 62 Nena20409
    April 19, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Beautiful LL. To Little Martin Richard who wanted PEACE Too.

    Here[‘s A prayer For Peace.

  28. April 19, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Ok, presser is on now. Back to Twitter.

  29. 64 Nena20409
    April 19, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Peace Prayer of St Francis Prayer: John Michael Talbot.

  30. 65 Jovie
    April 19, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    15 police officers injured in last nights firefight, 7 still hospitalized.
    Jeesh- those kids sure were well armed!!

  31. 70 carolyn
    April 19, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    The stay inside order has been lifted, and the T will start running again, per the governor and police chief.
    To me, this means, the authorities have a good idea where he is, or where his trail leads.

  32. April 19, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    • 72 Nena20409
      April 19, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      Yes indeed. TeaNN shined all right. Yeah, if being woefully wrong is worn as a badge of honor for them……Yep, their glitter is all around the world to see ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

      • 73 carolyn
        April 19, 2013 at 6:36 pm

        Okay……I can’t take it any more, the incorrect use of past tense verbs. “shine” is an irregular verb, which changes within the verb for the past tense: shine, shone, has shone. NOT shined. This is basic 5th grade grammar. Zucker should know better. Anyone who uses this grammar cannot be trusted…..NO credibility. And these guys are used as examples of journalism. BAH!!!

        • 74 Nena20409
          April 19, 2013 at 6:44 pm

          Thanks….I do know that. I was simply using the word as was originally written.

          Shine is not the only frequent mistake these days….. ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • 75 carolyn
            April 19, 2013 at 6:47 pm

            I was talking about Zucker…….I knew you were quoting. How many other people will quote Zucker, and be incorrect, then think they are correct because this famous person used this form. And this is why English teachers pull out our hair! What we teach in class cannot compete with people in the public eye like Zucker.

  33. 78 prettyfoot58
    April 19, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    When did the press just yell out questions….what happened to the orderly handling of questions

    • 79 Nena20409
      April 19, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      Only Pres Obama demands that………Yelling has always been the norm…….Sam Donaldson, Dan Rather, etc……..

      • 80 prettyfoot58
        April 19, 2013 at 6:33 pm

        ohhhhh,,,I did not know…well actually…Nena…I have never paid as much attention to these things as I do now…it is a shame to say but I did not…PBO has brought me into so many things….thus boosting my awareness….

        • 81 Nena20409
          April 19, 2013 at 6:48 pm

          Well, perhaps, I should qualify it this way….. ;)….since I became old enough to observe what POTUS’ ( ๐Ÿ˜‰ I do know that there is No ‘ with POTUS) do during press conferences……Nixon to pres Obama.

  34. 82 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 19, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Skip to 0:57 fro start of the song.

  35. April 19, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Oh my……

  36. April 19, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    • 94 carolyn
      April 19, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      Okay…..it’s time to start teaching world geography again in the 5th grade, with a review in the 9th grade. Geography is fun…..I remember my 5th grade teacher made geography wonderful. I learned so much with her. That was back in the day when the British Empire still was ruling a part of the world, and was pink on the world maps.
      I bet most Americans have never heard of the Caucasus Mountains, and don’t realize that the term Caucasian comes from there…..

      • April 19, 2013 at 6:43 pm

        Well, I was a BIT off in my tweet. Chechnya is in the NORTHERN Caucasus. Along with Dagestan and the other Russian Muslim republics. Southern Caucasus is Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan. Such are the perils of online life.

      • 96 Vicki
        April 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm

        Hi Carolyn. There is a reason that geography isn’t taught in school anymore. Not much history either.
        It went from kids learning history and geography to “social studies.” Then humanities, or whatever.
        If you teach kids geog. they understand where the oil and gas resources are located.
        If you teach them history it is hard to keep up the image of any country that has colonies, builds empires, much less invades and occupies to secure resources.

        So we teach our kids skills and beliefs that won’t threaten the Power.

        Am I the only old fogie in TOD that thinks what we teach and what we choose not to teach is a deliberate plan?

        • 97 LDS
          April 19, 2013 at 7:05 pm

          No. You are spot on. Look what state determines what school books will be used in the classrooms…..Texas!
          It is deliberate to control…..they never imagine all of this social media and PBO.

        • 98 Nena20409
          April 19, 2013 at 7:10 pm

          In 1973…..History and Geography were slowly fading away…..private schools, especially Catholic schools still do to some extent. But most of the world Do……making them more informed and up with other Nation’s sensibilities.

      • 99 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        April 19, 2013 at 7:06 pm

        Carolyn, 8th grade geography was when I put the Victoria Falls on my bucket list.

        • April 19, 2013 at 7:08 pm

          Not to boast, but a Catholic education is a very good one, as long as you can separate it from Catholic dogma. Which I did.

          • 101 carolyn
            April 19, 2013 at 7:42 pm

            If ever there was a time for people to understand world geography, the time is certainly now. I have to remember I went to school absolutely eons ago…….and I taught 8th grade U.S. history a long time ago too…..I am a map nut. My daughter says “Mom, maps are your pornography.” Monday I found my Boston map to locate everything, and have my Mass map out now…..I think in maps. I know that’s probably weird. I can sit at night and look at maps and plan trips for hours…..so, I know my interests are not average.
            Alycee….have you gotten to Victoria Falls yet? I hope you get there!
            In my Freshman Composition class I’m teaching the book Cry, the Beloved Country right now, about South Africa. They are learning about South Africa, history, geography, animals, minerals, political, Mandela……I will do my part at least in college. They are finding it very interesting.
            It used to be that every classroom had a globe in it.

  37. 102 Nena20409
    April 19, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    One Commenter asked about Our Dudette many posts past without Dudette’s appearance……..Hey sweet Dudette, please Come in and share many of your TOD DJ Video expertise. I need to learn from you…..please Pipe in. Thank you.

    3X is a charm…..they say ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • 103 LDS
      April 19, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      Yes, Dudette sure need some of your music to sooth the soul. Thank you LL for the prayers.
      I visited my sister earlier today at the Nursing Rehab Place and her television was on in her room. I was so confused, Ihad to turn it off. Every channel was pathetic, nothing made sense. I was make up as you go, supposing, guessing, lot of assumption.
      What a cesspool of propaganda. It is amazing we are not walking around gnawing, spitting and killing each other after viewing MSM.

      Thank God for His divine wisdom to place PBO at this appointed time. I am grateful everyone here and thank you Ms. Chips for this place. So glad Yardam is safe. We all need each other more than ever now, more than we will ever know.

  38. 104 smoothscotch
    April 19, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    omygawd. See skoolin’ might be important ya think. I too am doing both, including shaking head.

  39. 105 smoothscotch
    April 19, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    So, John King of CNN…..haven’t heard anything from the odious tool? think its shame? or maybe I missed his apology.

  40. April 19, 2013 at 6:44 pm

  41. 107 dotster3
    April 19, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    More questions than answers. Lots of confusion and misinformation. I wondered what happened to the Mercedes that was carjacked—-no mention of that today. Now I hear the suspect abandoned it and fled on foot. I can’t believe he escaped by just running away. Not till late today did we hear that the 2 brothers did not rob the 7-11—–it was robbed but not by them. I thought that was what first attracted attention to their presence. And do they know that they were the ones who shot the campus police officer, who was just shot sitting in his cruiser?——which makes no sense—-I thought he was shot when he responded to the 7-11 robbery. And they just let the Mercedes owner walk away—-after taking his $800 from an ATM—–and telling him they were the ones wanted in the bombings——but shoot a police officer sitting in his cruiser? Lots of false alarms today—additional suspects, wanted cars, suspects on train in Ct. etc. etc. Lots of stuff makes no sense—–nothing about this horrible event makes sense—- And where is the wife and child of the dead suspect—said to not share his beliefs—-did they all live together in that apt.? And nothing about the missing suspect computes—-described as “nice and kind and hilarious and sociable”—and became a citizen—–could he be that influenced by older brother that he would agree to participate in such a horrific act? Could he become that radicalized in a short period of time and with no one noticing? Confounding and frightening and senseless.

    • April 19, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what the media SHOULD be reporting.

    • April 19, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      Which is why I wish they would just shut-up! This constant stream of info is ridiculous. They should return to regular programming and reporting until there is some new, verified information to give. Congress is having a field day with the attention elsewhere.

    • 110 sherijr
      April 19, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      yep.. great questions. This is what happens when media just chatters, they confuse and mislead us.

    • 111 amk for obama
      April 19, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      Very excellent questions, dotster. And very disturbing too. Almost everyone seems to have got caught up in gungho, let’s get these terrorist bastids without pausing for a moment to ask these questions that bring out the contradictions in various claims, along the way. What the friends and the families uniformly say about these guyz (afaik, none has claimed that these guyz are weirdos or the brooding loner types) doesn’t seem to compute at all with the pictures we are being presented with.

      Added to the trial by media idjits, we now seem to have a trial by ignorant & frenzied masses from both left and right (which has already claimed innocent victims and no proper regret due from the social media bees for ruining their lives) coupled with a disproportionate, over-the-top show of force by bpd, fbi and other security orgs. The whole optics sucks.

  42. 112 dotster3
    April 19, 2013 at 6:55 pm

  43. April 19, 2013 at 6:57 pm

  44. April 19, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Oh god, here we go again.

  45. 118 criquet
    April 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Developing …

    FBI now acknowledges they interviewed Tsarnaev 2 years ago at the request of a foreign country about possible extremist ties
    โ€” @CBSNews via HootSuite
    They maintain that they did not find any derogatory information about him and closed the file. FBI expected to issue a statement shortly
    โ€” @CBSNews via HootSuite

  46. April 19, 2013 at 7:03 pm

  47. 121 Nena20409
    April 19, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    It looks like it is finally coming to an end…….Shots and firings LIVE now on CBS news.

  48. April 19, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    • 124 Nena20409
      April 19, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      He is doing this for he is betting that in 2016……..those supporting NRA dogmatic ideology would be a severe minority.

      • April 19, 2013 at 7:24 pm

        Yes he is, Nena. When he assumed office the law only permitted people in New Jersey to purchase one gun a month. It was one of the first laws he overturned.

  49. April 19, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Please, I hope they take him alive.

  50. 129 donna dem 4 obama
    April 19, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    I sure hope they have him now!!

    • 130 hopefruit2
      April 19, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      Donna I hope you are INSIDE. With all this drama in Boston, there’s a nasty storm in our area…thunder, lightning, tornado watch….

  51. 131 hopefruit2
    April 19, 2013 at 7:11 pm

  52. April 19, 2013 at 7:12 pm

  53. 143 Nena20409
    April 19, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Sending Those In Boston Journey’s Love……..Hopefully they will get back to normal, if it is possible.

    Plus an Angel too.

  54. April 19, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Boston Mayor has indicated that the police have him surrounded in a boat in a backyard in Watertown.

  55. 145 dotster3
    April 19, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Call has gone out for bomb disposal unit.

  56. 146 dotster3
    April 19, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Pete Williams —–“body found in boat”

  57. April 19, 2013 at 7:24 pm

  58. April 19, 2013 at 7:25 pm

  59. 151 Nena20409
    April 19, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Doves are Used as Symbol of Peace.

    When Doves Cry……Prince Rogers Nelson

  60. April 19, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Look at all the people standing around in the street hoping to see some action. Crazy.

    • 153 Nena20409
      April 19, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      Human Beings are purveyors. It is like watching a traffic accident……people gathered to watch others lynched, hung, faced a firing squad, people would watch if allowed to see others get the needle.

  61. April 19, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Please, yes.

  62. 158 dotster3
    April 19, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Now saying he’s still alive, fired “non-lethal” shots at him

  63. April 19, 2013 at 7:31 pm

  64. April 19, 2013 at 7:38 pm

  65. 163 Nena20409
    April 19, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    What’s Going On……4-non-Blondes

  66. April 19, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Not good if true ….

  67. 165 dotster3
    April 19, 2013 at 7:39 pm

  68. April 19, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Oh good god, everyone’s reporting everything.

  69. April 19, 2013 at 7:41 pm

  70. April 19, 2013 at 7:43 pm

  71. 173 Nena20409
    April 19, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Boston is a City of Many people….being Held Hostage since Monday.

    If it is finally over…..then, thank Goodness for these people truly deserve to have PEACE.

  72. 174 donna dem 4 obama
    April 19, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    I hope the storm has passed. That was scary. It’s the first time in my life that I have ever heard an actual tornado alarm warning sounded in my area. I’m used to seeing an alert on the tv but never heard one live. What a week??!!!!

  73. 176 dotster3
    April 19, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    ABC says still alive—–yoyo reporting

  74. 178 a4alice
    April 19, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    checking in with Scott Pelley on CBS.

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