Prayers of Peace
As the world falls deeper and deeper into chaos, fanning the flames of hate and growing fear, anger and sorrow in its ashes, all faiths and religions of the world have shared the importance of prayer. Many religions have also shared holy days – i.e. Sundays is the holy day of Christianity, Friday is the holy day of Islam, sunset on Friday to sunset on Saturday for Judaism. Other religions, such as Sikhism, share that every day is a day of worship.
With many houses of worship closed due to Covid-19, those who are faithful to God/The Higher Power did not have access to the ceremonies many were accustomed to when praying for peace and praying for others. Catholics could not partake in the body and blood of Christ when practicing the sacrament of the Eucharist, Sikhs could not gather in their Gurdwaras together and meditate on the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, and so on.
As the world begins opening up, I cannot help but feel as though this is a time where double time in prayer is needed not just for ourselves to find peace, but to pray for others who are caught in this these protests, these riots, and this ever growing wildfire of hatred.
All faiths and religions of the world have varying prayers. Below is a list of different prayers from many different faiths:
Prayers from All Religions
Buddhism: Being Peace
If we are peaceful,
If we are happy,
We can smile and blossom like a flower.
And everyone in our family,
Our entire society,
From our peace.
– Thich Nhat Hanh
Baha’i: Tenderness Prayer
O God, my God! Aid Thou Thy trusted servants to have loving and tender hearts. Help them to spread, amongst all the nations of the earth, the light of guidance that cometh from the Company on high, Verily, Thou art the Strong, the Powerful, the Mighty, the All-Subduing, the Ever-Giving. Verily, Thou art the generous, the Gentle, the Tender, the Most Bountiful.
Christianity: Prayer of St. 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
And where there is sadness, joy
O 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
And it’s in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it’s in dying that we are born to Eternal Life
Hinduism: Sarvesham Savstir Bhavatu
Om Sarveshaam Svastir-Bhavatu |
Sarveshaam Shaantir-Bhavatu |
Sarveshaam Purnam-Bhavatu |
Sarveshaam Mangalam-Bhavatu |
Om Shaanti Shaanti Shaanti ||
May there be Well-Being in All,
May there be Peace in All,
May there be Fulfilment in All,
May there be Auspiciousness in All,
Om Peace, Peace, Peace.
Hopi: Prayer of Peace
Great spirit and all unseen, this day we pray and ask You for guidance, humbly we ask You to help us and fellow men to have recourse to peaceful ways of life, because of uncontrolled deceitfulness by human-kind Help us all love, not hate one another.
We ask you to be seen in an image of Love and Peace. Let us be seen in beauty, the colors of the rainbow. We respect our Mother, the planet, with our loving care, for from her Brest we receive our nourishment.
Let us not listen to the voices of the two-hearted, the destroyers of mind, the haters and self-made leaders, whose lusts for power and wealth will lead us into confusion and darkness.
Seek visions always of world beauty, not violence nor battlefields.
It is our duty to pray always for harmony between man and earth, so that the earth will bloom once more. Let us show our emblem of love and goodwill for all life and land.
Pray for the House of Glass, for within it are minds clear and pure as ice and mountain streams. Pray for the great leaders of nations in the House of Mica who in their won quiet ways help the earth in balance.
We pray the Great Spirit that one day our Mother Earth will be purified into a healthy peaceful one. Let us sing for strength of wisdom with all nations for the good of all people. Our hope is not yet lost, purification must be to restore the health of our Mother earth for lasting peace and happiness.
Judaism: We Pray for All
We pray for all who come here this evening.
Although differences in thought and belief divide us,
let the desire to serve you,
the love of truth
and the pursuit of holiness unite us.
Strengthen the spirit of friendship
among people of various faiths
and increase mutual understanding between us.
We look to a time
when greater knowledge of you and your word
shall bind all who serve you
into one holy fellowship
Lakota: Sun Prayer
Great Spirit, our God and Father, be the center of our lives today. You fill all the emptiness of space. May the sun today be a healthy healing warmth for us that we, in turn, may become healers of each other’s hurts.
– Fr. Charles Flood, SCJ
Muslim Prayer for Peace
You are peace.
From you comes peace,
To you returns peace.
Revive us with a salutation of peace,
And lead us to your abode of peace.
Sikhism: Prayer for Peace
God adjudges us according to our deeds, not the coat that we wear: that Truth is above everything, but higher still is truthful living. Know that we attain God when we love, and only that victory endures in consequence of which no one is defeated.
Praying for All
We have many ways to pray for peace from all faiths and religions of the world. What your path and faith in life may be, please know that no matter what faith or creed others may follow everyone has a way to pray for peace for all that is in line with the root purpose of these prayers. Prayers for peace are more than praying for those within your faith, within your family, within your community. Praying for peace is for all to partake in, no matter what are paths are.
God/Higher Power, I do pray in my own way that you hear the prayers of all people – no matter what prayer of peace we may recite – and here that we are all praying for the same resolution: and end to the conflicts we are seeing today, the fires of hatred quelled, and the seeds of happiness and love blossom in each and everyone of us.
Be well and be safe and healthy, everyone.