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Philippians 4:4-9Rejoice in the Lord always;
again I will say, Rejoice.
Let your gentleness be known to everyone.
The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything,
but in everything by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests be made
known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, beloved, whatever is true,
whatever is honourable, whatever is just,
whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing,
whatever is commendable,
if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise,
think about these things.
Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me,
and the God of peace will be with you.

The Year of St Paul: June 29 2008 – June 29 2009

PrayerO God of all youth, we pray to you:
We are young people,
and we want to celebrate life!
We cry out against all that kills life:
hunger, poverty,
unemployment, sickness,
repression, individualism, injustice.
We want to announce fullness of life:
work, education, health, housing,
bread for all.
We want communion, a world renewed.
We hope against hope.
With the Lord of history
we want to make all things new.
A group of Brazilian young people (1998 Share Lent kit, CCODP)

Source: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives

Useful Websites.The Columban Mission Society of the United Kingdom

World Prayers

Broken Bay Diocese Liturgy Resources

Micah Challenge: A prayer of hope:
Let us pray:
We pray today for God’s world.We pray that it might discover its human face.

We pray for a world divided.
Divided unequally between the prosperous and the desperate.
Between those born into privilege and power and those born into poverty and pain Divided unequally between the wealthy and the poor.
The power-filled and the poor
The greedy and the poor
The corrupt and the poor
The poor who always get more than their fair-share of poverty.
God of life, into your world you come.

Into this divided human community you arrive.

You sit amongst the poor but the wealthy do not see you.
You walk with the lonely and the abandoned

but those with power cannot hear your footsteps.
You stand among the hungry crowds waiting for food

but the greedy will not share their food with you.
You live among the powerless, the frightened and the weak but the corrupt fail to notice you and continue to exploit you.
God of hope deliver us all from self-righteousness

so that whilst we may call the world towards a different way,

we might also, in your name, become the answer to the prayers of the silent, suffering, struggling ones.
God of justice, not just us,

grant us the courage to live as well as proclaim your gospel.
God of life, grant us the energy to serve others in your name.
God of love, enable and allow us, with all our weaknesses and fears, to continue this walk of faith, for faith and in faith.
Rev David Pargeter
Executive Director, Commission for Mission, Uniting Church in Australia,
Synod of Victoria and Tasmania

A Franciscan Benediction 

May God bless you with Discomfort…
At Easy Answers, Half-Truths and Superficial Relationships,
So that you may live Deep Within Your Heart

May God bless you with Anger…
At Injustice, Oppression and Exploitation of People,
So that you may work for Justice, Freedom, and Peace.

May God bless you with Tears…
To shed for those who suffer from Pain, Rejection, Starvation and War,
So that You may reach out Your Hand to Comfort them
And to turn their Pain into Joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness…
To Believe that You can Make a Difference in this World,
So that You can Do what other claim cannot be Done.


Prayer of Pope Pius XII
Almighty and eternal God,
may your grace enkindle in all of us, a love
of the many unfortunate people
whom poverty and misery reduce
to a condition of life unworthy of human beings.
Arouse in the hearts of those who call you God
a hunger and thirst for social justice
and for fraternal charity in deeds and in truth.
Grant, O Lord, peace in our days,
peace to souls, peace to our community
and peace among nations. Amen.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God…But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies,

do good to those who hate you,

bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.

If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also;

and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt.

Give to everyone who begs from you;

and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again.

Do to others as you would have them do to you.

– Matthew 5:9; Luke 6:27-31

Prayer for Peace in Iraq and the Middle East
We come to you, God Creator, you are the source of life and beauty and power.
Your son Jesus is the way of faith and hope and love.
Your Spirit is the fire of love, the fount of wisdom, the bond of unity.
You call us at all times to be people of the beatitudes,
Witnesses to the Gospel of peace and love and forgiveness.
You call us at this time, when war and rumours of war,
weigh heavily on the peoples of Iraq and the Middle East.
Their lives are already broken by suffering and violence.
We renew our acceptance of your call.
We promise to work:
To bring the light of the Gospel to those living in darkness,
To bring the hope of the Gospel to those living in despair,
To bring the healing of the Gospel to the lonely, the disadvantaged, the marginalised
And to bring the peace of the Gospel to a divided world. 




CAFOD and Pax Christi

Prayer of St Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. . .
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that we 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; and
it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Open our eyes that we may see the needs of others;
Open our ears that we may hear their cries;
Open our hearts that we may feel their anguish and their joy.
Let us not be afraid to defend the oppressed, the poor, the powerless, because of the anger and might of the powerful.
Show us where love and hope and faith are needed, and use us to bring them to those places.
Open our ears and eyes, our hearts and lives, that we may in these coming days be able to do some work of justice and peace for you. Amen.
Source: Sabeel Center
Lead me from death to life,
from falsehood to truth.
Lead me from despair to hope,
from fear to trust.
Lead me from hate to love,
from war to peace.
Let peace fill our heart, our world, our universe.
Peace, peace, peace.
(Adapted from the Upanishads by Satish Kumar.)
Bless our beautiful land O God
With its wonderful variety of people
Of races, cultures and languages.
May we be a nation
Of laughter and joy
Of justice and reconciliation
Of peace and unity
Of compassion, caring and sharing.
We pray this in the name of Jesus the Christ. Amen.
(Bishop Desmond Tutu).
Grant us, Lord God, a vision of your world, as your love would have it:
• a world where the weak are protected, and none go hungry or poor;
• a world where the riches of creation are shared, and everyone can enjoy them;
• a world where different races and cultures live in harmony and mutual respect;
• a world where peace is built with justice, and justice is guided by love.
Give us the inspiration and courage to build it, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.from Prayers for Justice and Peace
For Victims and Perpetrators of Injustice
•For all those who have fallen victim to hatred and inhumanity,
•for those loved ones who are left behind to mourn,
•for the souls of those whose hearts are cold, Lord, hear our prayer.
•For the children who are being born into this world of conflict and violence,
•for women and mothers who suffer needlessly, Lord, hear our prayer.
•For all those who have been forced into unemployment, who long to return to work,
•for all those who struggle to support their families, Lord, hear our prayer.
•For the soldiers who are misguided in thinking that their bullets will bring about peace,
•for those who feel called to conscientiously object to military orders, Lord, hear our prayer.
•And this we ask through Christ Our Lord. Amen. 




Grant us, Lord God, a vision of your world, as your love would have it:
• a world where the weak are protected, and none go hungry or poor;
• a world where the riches of creation are shared, and everyone can enjoy them;
• a world where different races and cultures live in harmony and mutual respect;
• a world where peace is built with justice, and justice is guided by love.
Give us the inspiration and courage to build it, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 




from Prayers for Justice and Peace

O God,
Open our eyes that we may see the needs of others;
Open our ears that we may hear their cries;
Open our hearts that we may feel their anguish and their joy.
Let us not be afraid to defend the oppressed, the poor, the powerless, because of the anger and might of the powerful.
Show us where love and hope and faith are needed, and use us to bring them to those places.
Open our ears and eyes, our hearts and lives, that we may in these coming days be able to do some work of justice and peace for you. Amen.Source: Sabeel Center
Prayer for Justice and Peace
Almighty and eternal God,
may your grace enkindle in all of us a love for the many unfortunate people
whom poverty and misery reduce to a condition of life unworthy of human beings.
Arouse in the hearts of those who call you Father a hunger and thirst for justice and peace,
and for fraternal charity in deeds and in truth.
Grant, O Lord, peace in our days, peace to souls,
peace to families, peace to our country, and peace among nations.
AmenPope Pius XII
Prayer for World Peace (Modified)
We pray to Our Lord and God in whom
we live and move and have our being.
We pray that we may at all times
keep our minds open to new ideas and be prepared to question dogma;
that we may grow in our understanding of the nature of all living beings
and our connectedness with the natural world;
that we may become ever more filled with
generosity of spirit and true compassion and love for all life;
that we may strive to heal the hurts that we have inflicted on nature
and control our greed for material things, knowing that
our actions are harming our natural world and the future of our children;
that we may value each and every human being
for who he is, for who she is,
reaching to the spirit that is within,
knowing the power of each individual to change the world.
We pray for social justice,
for the alleviation of the crippling poverty
that condemns millions of people around the world
to lives of misery – hungry, sick, and utterly without hope.
We pray for the children who are starving,
who are condemned to homelessness, slave labour, and prostitution,
and especially for those forced to fight, to kill and torture
even members of their own family.
We pray for the victims of violence and war,
for those wounded in body and for those wounded in mind.
We pray for the multitudes of refugees, forced from their homes to alien places
through war or through the utter destruction of their environment.
We pray for these things with humility;
We pray because of the hope that is within us,
and because of a faith in the ultimate triumph of the human spirit;
We pray because of our love for Creation, and because of our trust in God.
We pray, above all, for peace throughout the world. AmenDr. Jane Goodall

from World Prayers

Violence never again!
War never again!
Terrorism never again!
In God’s name,
may all religions bring upon earth
justice and peace,
forgiveness, life and love! AmenHis Holiness Pope John Paul II – (1.24.2002)
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
Because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To let the oppressed go free,
To proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.(Luke 4: 18 – 19)
Prayer of the Aboriginal PeopleFather of all, You gave us the Dreaming
You have spoken to us through our beliefs,
You then made your love clear to us in the person of Jesus.
We thank you for your care.
You own us. You are our hope.
Make us strong as we face the problems of change.
We ask you to help the people of Australia,
To listen to us and respect our culture.
Make the knowledge of you grow strong in all people
So that you can be at home in us,
And we can make a home for everyone in our land.


Prepared by the Aboriginal People
Pope John Paul II’s visit to Alice Springs 1996.


NATISCC PrayerFather Our Creator
You created all things seen and unseen.
Listen to my silent prayers as I stand here before you,
As my weary eyes look back over distant horizons,
Back to those days where my people walked.
The footprints of my Grandfathers are imprinted on the earth,
And the images become real to me.
I see my Grandfathers standing tall and strong,
Warriors of long ago.
I hear them singing,
I see them dancing,
And my spirit moves within me.

They told of the emus fighting,
And the kangaroos picking up the scent of our hunters.
The images fade away as I feel the hurt of my people
I can hear the cries of my Grandmothers as they cry for their children.
Grandfather, you can see me as I stand here and feel this hurt.

Father, Creator, is this the purpose of my being here.
Or is it your plan to reshape my people
To be once again the proud race it once was?

Let me walk with you and my Grandfathers
Towards the dawning of a proud and new nation.
I thank you for my Sacred Being.


Prepared by NATSICC Leadership Gathering 1995

from the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference

Reconciliation PrayerHoly Father, God of Love
You are the creator of this land and all good things
We acknowledge the pain and shame of our history
And the suffering of our peoples.
And we ask your forgiveness.
We thank you for the survival of Indigenous cultures.
Our hope is in you because you gave your son Jesus
To reconcile the world to you
We pray for your strength and grace to forgive
Accept and love one another
As you love us and forgive and accept us
In the sacrifice of your Son
Give us the courage to accept the realities of our history
So that we may build a better future for our nation
Teach us to respect all cultures.
Teach us to care for our land and waters.
Help us to share justly the resources of this land.
Help us to bring about spiritual and social change
To improve the quality of life for all groups in our communities,
Especially the disadvantaged.
Help young people to find true dignity and self esteem by your Spirit
May your power and love be the foundations
On which we build our families, our communities and our nation
Through Jesus Christ our Lord


Prepared by Wontulp Bi-Buya Indigenous Theology Working Group
13th March, 1997, Brisbane QLD

from Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference

Prayer to make poverty history
Christ our Lord,
your light shines into the shadows,
and shows us where the obstacles to change lie.
We know that often they are in our own hearts,
in the way we live, and in our daily choices and actions.
We pray that we may accept the light of your love
as a challenge to change ourselves and our world.
We pray that, each day, we make the choices and take the actions
that will bring an end to poverty and hunger, and lead us all towards a fairer world.
Be with us, Lord, as we face your challenge
and learn how to live our lives in love.
© Linda Jones 




from Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America

A Lord’s Prayer for JusticeOur Father … who always stands with the weak, the powerless, the poor, the abandoned, the sick, the aged, the very young, the unborn, and those who, by victim of circumstances, bear the heat of the day.

Who art in heaven … where everything will be reversed, where the first will be last arid the last will be first, but where all will be well and every manner of being will be well.

Hallowed be thy name … may we always acknowledge your holiness, respecting your ways and not our ways, your standards and not our standards. May the reverence we give your name pull us out of the selfishness that prevents us from seeing the pain of our neighbor.

Your kingdom come … help us to create a world where, beyond our own needs and hurts, we will do justice, love tenderly, and walk humbly with you and each other.

Your will be done … open our freedom to let you in so that the complete mutuality that characterizes your life might flow through our veins and thus the life that we help generate may radiate your equal love for all and your special love for the poor.

On earth as in heaven … may the work of our hands, the temples and structures we build in this world, reflect the temple and the structure of your glory so that the joy, graciousness, tenderness, and justice of heaven will show forth within all of our structures on earth.

Give … life and love to us and help us to see always everything as gift. Help us to know that nothing comes to us by right arid that we must give because we have been given to. Help us realize that we must give to the poor, not because they need it, but ‘because our own health depends upon our giving to them.

Us … the truly plural us. Give not just to our own but to everyone, including those who are very different from the narrow us. Give your gifts to all of us equally.

This day … not tomorrow. Do not let us push things off into some indefinite future so that we can continue to live justified lives in the face of injustice because we can make good excuses for our inactivity.

Our daily bread … so that each person in the world may have enough food, enough clean water, enough clean air, adequate health care, and sufficient access to education so as to have the sustenance for a healthy life. Teach us to give from our sustenance and not just from our surplus.

And forgive us our trespasses … forgive us our blindness toward our neighbor, our own self pre-occupation, our racism, our sexism, and our incurable propensity to worry only about ourselves and our own. Forgive us our capacity to watch the evening news and do nothing about it.

As we forgive those who trespass against us .. .help us to forgive those who victimize us. Help us to mellow out in spirit, to not grow bitter with age, to forgive the imperfect parents and systems that wounded, cursed and ignored us.

And do not put us to the test … do not judge us only by whether we have fed the hungry, given clothing to the naked, visited the sick, or tried to mend the systems that victimized the poor. Spare us this test for none of us can stand before your Gospel scrutiny. Give us, instead, more days to mend our ways, our selfishness, and our systems.

But deliver us from evil … that is, from the blindness that lets us continue to participate in anonymous systems within which we need not see who gets less as we get more. Amen.
(From The Holy Longing by Ronald Rolheiser, pp. 189-191)

at the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America


All people are a revelation of the image of God. The basic dignity that each person possesses comes from God; therefore, all discrimination is wrong.

People take precedence over things and structures,
systems are meant to serve people, not vice versa.

We believe in the dignity of the human person.

The mystery of the Trinity involves the relationship of complete love among the three divine persons in one God.

As persons made in God’s image, we must model God’s self-giving love. Hence, the human person is both sacred and fundamentally social. In community we realize the fulfillment of our dignity and rights in relationship with and to others.

We believe in community and the common good.

People have basic rights and responsibilities because of their human dignity that reflects the fact that they have been created in God’s image. Catholic teaching emphasizes that people have a right to life and to the basic necessities that provide quality of life: food, shelter, health care, education, and employment. We are called to respects the rights of others and to seek the common good.

We believe in rights and responsibilities

The Gospel calls Christians to put the needs of the poor first. A common moral test of society is how it treats its most vulnerable people. Wherever there is structural injustice, Christians are called to oppose it. Those with the greatest need require the greatest response.

We believe in our responsibility to the poor.

Work is an expression of our dignity and of our involvement in God’s creation. People have a right to decent work, fair wages and private property. The economy exists to serve the people and not vice versa.

We believe in the dignity of work.

We are all one human family in the world. As we realize our dignity, rights, and responsibilities, in relationship with others, we need to continue to build a community that empowers people to attain their full human potential. By working for justice, we fulfill our mandate to build the Body of Christ.

We believe in solidarity

We believe in stewardship of the earth and its resources.

from the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America

Today, we make a covenant with this land.
As a branch is grafted onto a mature stock,
So we want to be grafted onto the ancient heritage of this land,
So that its life may flow through us.
We commit ourselves to the land we live in and to all who belong to it,
Most particularly our Indigenous people
And also the newcomers to this country,
Who have bound themselves to this land.
We will care for it with gentleness, patience, simplicity and compassion,
Rather then merely something to be bought and sold.
We will see the land as a gift for which we are truly thankful,
And undertake the privileged duty of respecting and looking after it.
We thank God, the Great Creator Spirit, for all the earth provides:
Water, food, and all the riches above and below the ground.
We undertake to use them sparingly and thoughtfully.
As we enter more deeply into the Spirit of the land,
We see the land as a Sacrament and Icon of our mothering Creator Spirit.
Be still.
Listen to the breath of the Spirit which has blown through it for ages past,
Today, and always;
For this is: The Spirit of the Dreaming.
– Betty Pike 




from the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council

Lord God of All,
we come to you
as Caritas sisters and brothers from the four corners of the world, refugees and relatives.
We come as people who know suffering and struggle, as families and communities with hope.
We come with respect, compassion and informed solidarity with our Palestinian sisters and brothers. We ask you hear our prayer. We ask you hear their prayer for peace, justice, equal rights and human dignity.
Turn their brokenness into renewing wholeness and courage.
Turn their displacement into safe secure sheltering homes.
Turn their long hungers into nurturing fields, foods for life so families can flourish.
May stinging betrayals of unjust law and disorder finally end so healing, forgiveness and reconciliation can begin for all peoples in the Holy Land, in this ancient/modern region.
May rhetoric and history stop repeating itself as if our Palestinian friends were not real.
May all “stakeholders” see these very human beings, flesh and precious blood alive.
May their children today never relinquish their steadfast enduring belief for a better tomorrow.
Lord, God of All,
heal all who journey through desert and darkness – heal us too that we may be peacemakers.
May our simplest honest prayers unite, uplift, strengthen, respect and build up our solidarity.
May no day pass without a faithful pause which gathers us in as one human family.
One people of God from Palestine through the region and everywhere beyond every border.
Together may we be a certain path to peace that is possible, that is all we need today.
Credit: Joseph Donnelly/Caritas
Prayer for Blessing of our Justice Work o God of great compassion,You called us to serve the cause of justice And to be messengers of Your love
To those the world has forgotten.
As we go forth in the knowledge
That You are with us always,
Help us to use our energy, our love and power
To transform Your earth through prayer and action. Bless each of us in the days ahead.

Bless our efforts to serve the poor and the disadvantaged. Bless our hopes to work for the fullness of life,
For peace and dignity for all.
Bless our celebrations and fill us with Your joy.
We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Centre of Concern – www.coc.org/act-now/take-action

Prayer for AustraliaGod of holy Dreaming, Great Creator Spirit,
from the dawn of creation you have given your children
the good things of Mother Earth.
You spoke and the gum tree grew.
In the vast desert and dense forest,
and in cities at the water’s edge,
Creation sings your praise.
Your presence endures as the rock at the heart of our Land.

When Jesus hung on the tree
you heard the cries of all your people
and became one with your wounded ones:
the convicts, the hunted, and the dispossessed.

The sunrise of your Son coloured the earth anew,
and bathed it in glorious hope.
In Jesus we have been reconciled to you,
to each other and to your whole creation.
Lead us on, Great Spirit,
As we gather from the four corners of the earth;
Enable us to walk together in trust
from the hurt of the past
into the full day which has dawned in Jesus Christ.

Lenore Parker 2002,

Ordained Anglican Deacon in the Diocese of Lismore and Yaegl woman.

Prayer for the Journey of HealingAlmighty and loving God, you who created ALL people in your image,
Lead us to seek your compassion as we listen to the stories of our past.
You gave your only Son, Jesus, who died and rose again so that sins will be forgiven.
We place before you the pain and anguish of dispossession of land, language, lore, culture and family kinship that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have experienced.
We live in faith that all people will rise from the depths of despair and hopelessness.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families have endured the pain and loss of loved ones, through the separation of children from their families.
We are sorry and ask Your forgiveness.
Touch the hearts of the broken, homeless and inflicted and heal their spirits.
In your mercy and compassion walk with us as we continue our journey of healing to create a future that is just and equitable.
Lord, you are our hope.

With thanks to the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission

Sorry Prayer

God of all peoples,
in Jesus Christ You call us from our foolishness
to be Your children,
singing the song of a new day
coming amongst us like a kookaburra,
Give us that same spirit of solidarity
which was in Christ Jesus,
that we may bear Your easy yoke,
casting our burdens upon You
who leads us all into a new future.
In the power of the Holy Spirit
and resting in Your Love.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission  2008

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Holy God of Holy Wisdom,
as your Son Jesus sat among
the wise elders of his day,
so may all your children find places and spaces
for growth and education
May they listen and learn
from the good things of the past,
may they question and challenge
the destructive ways of the present,
and may they find hope and healing
for the future.

In the power of the One who is
our Advocate and Guide.   Amen

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission  2008

An Easter Prayer for Gaza

A broken body
Taken down from the cross.
Jesus who gave himself over to death
Trusting that the love that brought forth the world,
Would raise him from the dead
and that injustice would not have the final say.

We pray for the wounded, broken people of Gaza
As hope disappears and faleshoods abound.
May we challenge the easy political answers that 2,000 years ago condemned an innocent man to death and today condemn 1.8 million people to life among the rubble, cut off and abandoned.
May we commit not to forget, not to stay silent , not to wait till the next round of destruction and death thrusts this narrow strip of land into our headlines

May we place our faith in the hope of the risen Christ
In the knowledge that every effort to end injustice,
To bring peace and to speak out for the oppressed is an effort that God blesses, that God wants and that God demands of us.

© Chris Rose April 2015
from http://www.kairosbritain.org.uk/the-forgotten-crisis-our-prayer-for-gaza-this-easter/