Prayers of peace

In a world filled with war, it often feels like there is little peace to be had and little we can do to change that. God offers us a peace, however, that not only surpasses our understanding, but is able to exist within us even when all around us is in turmoil.

Learning to abide in that peace starts with ourselves, and as we learn to dwell within God’s peace, we are able to share that peace with those around us until it becomes a wave that can spread ever more widely. This set of prayers designed for use with an Anglican rosary focuses on the peace of God and learning to abide in that peace.

The week bead prayers, adapted from Philippians 4:7, function both as prayers for ourselves and the world around us and as a reminder of the opportunity we have to share that peace with the world around us. Please substitute appropriate geopolitical terms in the Week 4 and 5 beads to match your location in the world.

Cross:The peace of God be with us,
the peace of Christ be with us,
the peace of the Spirit be with us. Amen.
Invitatory bead: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 for ever. Amen. (from the Book of Common Prayer, Prayers for Peace on p.825)
Cruciform beads:Open our hearts, O Lord, that we might recognize mean and women of all races, colors, and creeds as our brothers and sisters, and learn to love without discrimination and fear. Open the doorway of our souls, O Lord, that our Savior may enter and we may be at peace. (from A Celtic Liturgy, by Pat Robson, p. 52)
Week bead 1:May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus.
Week bead 2:May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard the hearts and minds of my family in Christ Jesus.
Week bead 3:May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard the hearts and minds of my communities (where I live, work, worship, recreate, and serve) in Christ Jesus.
Week bead 4:May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard the hearts and minds of all those living in my city (or town or village or county, as appropriate) in Christ Jesus.
Week bead 5:May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard the hearts and minds of all those living in my state (or province) in Christ Jesus.
Week bead 6:May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard the hearts and minds of all those living in my country in Christ Jesus.
Week bead 7:May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard the hearts and minds of everyone in our world in Christ Jesus.
Invitatory bead:

Lord, make us instruments 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. Amen.
(from the Book of Common Prayer, A Prayer attributed to St. Francis on p.833)

Cross:The peace of God be with us,
the peace of Christ be with us,
the peace of the Spirit be with us. Amen.

 


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