Prayer for Peace in Syria
We have been crying to you for peace in Syria; for an end to
killing and despair, an end to hostilities on all sides.
We cry to you for humanitarian aid to reach those most in
need. We beseech you for the rebuilding of ruined homes,
businesses and communities.
We long for the repairing of the breach and the restoration
of streets where your children may dwell in harmony.
We cry out that justice, truth and love may prevail for all
the people of Syria. We pray in the name of the Prince of
Peace, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prayers for Yummy Sandifer,
Dantrell Davis, Ryan Harris, Eric Morse, Derrion Albert,
Blair Holt, Jonylah Watkins,
and the hundreds of other children murdered and whom
continue to be murdered in Chicago
O God, we pray for those who have been murdered
on the streets of our city.
We commit to your loving care those who have died,
beseeching you to receive
their souls into the mercy of your love. Comfort
their loved ones who mourn.
Enable them to meet the lonely and painful days
ahead in the strength of your love.
Let the love that you have made known to us lead us
to create safer streets for all to walk upon.
For all those
who see “home” and all it means
Disappear behind them;
For all those who cannot see a home
In the days ahead of them;
For all those who dwell in
For all those who are weary and
Without a safe place to rest their heads;
For all families in migration we pray.
May the image of the Holy Family
Fleeing oppression stay with us as we enter a New Year,
And stay with us each night as we are blessed
With returning to a home.
May we also be blessed
With compassion for those
Still weary, still seeking,
Still with so far to go.
by Jane Deren, 2007
for Inmates and Correction Officers
Most gracious Father, bless with your special care all jails,
penitentiaries and homes of refuge.
Look with pity on those who are housed there. Guide and
protect those who have returned to the world. Grant all of
them true contrition for past sins, and strengthen them in
their good resolutions.
Lead them along from grace to grace so that by the help of
the Holy Spirit they may persevere in the ways of obedience
and humility, and in the struggle against evil thoughts and
Grant the Holy Spirit to those engaged in teaching and
training them, that they might have a right judgment with
respect to those entrusted to them. May they labor for love
of your with deep humility and singleness of purpose, purity
of heart and life, and true zeal for your glory and the
salvation of souls.
Give them faith and love to sustain them in disappointment,
love and patience toward those under them, and in your own
good time crown their work with an eternal recompense.