Betty W. Phillips, Ph.D., Psychology
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Prayers for Peace

PRAYERS FOR PEACE


The Muslim Prayer of 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 despise each other

St Francis Catholic Prayer for 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; 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 again to eternal life.

Buddhists 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
wildernesses – the children, the aged, the unprotected –
be guarded by beneficent celestials, and may they swiftly
attain Buddhahood.

Hinduism Prayer for Peace

O God, lead us from the unreal to the Real.
O God, lead us from darkness to light.
O God, lead us from death to immortality.
Shanti, Shanti, Shanti unto all.
O Lord God almighty, May there be peace in celestial regions.
May there be peace on earth. May the waters be appeasing.
May herbs be wholesome, and May trees and plants bring peace to all.
May all beneficent beings bring peace to us.
May your Vedic Law propagate peace all through the world.
May all things be a source of peace to us.
And may your peace itself bestow peace on all, and
May that peace come to me also.


Celtic Prayer

May we live in peace without weeping.
May our joy outline the lives we touch without ceasing.
And may our love fill the world, angel wings tenderly beating.


Scottish Blessing

May the blessing of light be on you – light without and light within.
May the blessed sunlight shine on you like a great peat fire,
so that stranger and friend may come and warm himself at it.
And may light shine out of the two eyes of you,
like a candle set in the window of a house,
bidding the wanderer come in out of the storm.
And may the blessing of the rain be on you,
may it beat upon your Spirit and wash it fair and clean,
and leave there a shining pool where the blue of Heaven shines,
and sometimes a star.
And may the blessing of the earth be on you,
soft under your feet as you pass along the roads,
soft under you as you lie out on it, tired at the end of day;
and may it rest easy over you when, at last, you lie out under it.
May it rest so lightly over you that your soul may be out from under
it quickly; up and off and on its way to God.
And now may the Lord bless you, and bless you kindly. Amen.