A Prayer to Prevent Nuclear War
Lord God, you created
life and beauty in this world. You then
entrusted the human community with caring for, and
enhancing, your creation.
Strengthen us, we pray, in this challenging time
when the power to destroy this creation has grown so dangerously.
John T. Pawlikowski, OSM
us on a road of peace, a road that includes a program of removing all
nuclear weapons from our earth.
We cannot hope to meet this challenge
without your continuing presence and support. For this we make our
prayerful plea in your name.
Holy Name Cathedral
Train Wreck Prayer
God, whose providential care never ceases to bring good out
hear our prayer for those who suffer because of the train derailment in
Give the suffering consolation, hope, and patience.
Walk with those who are healing.
Console those who are grieving.
Guide with your wisdom those who are investigating the causes.
Lead government officials and those responsible for our safety and security to
discharge their duty with sensitivity, wisdom, and generosity.
Awake in all of us a deeper sense of responsibility for each other. Amen
Very Rev Gre
Prayer for the Loss of our Sisters and Brothers in the Attack on the Church in
As we move close to our celebration of Christ's renewed presence
in all of creation, we mourn the loss
of our sisters and brothers in the attack on the church in Pakistan. May the
Christmas season remind us
of the dignity of all people May the spirit of this season recommit us as
Catholic Christians personally
and institutionally to work ceaselessly for a better understanding among peoples
of all faith traditions. We
pray in Christ's name.
John T. Pawlikowski, OSM
for Those Killed and Wounded in the Egyptian Mosque Attack
Our Father, the One God of Jews, Christians and Muslims.
together in your Name, Oh God,
to pray for
those so brutally murdered in the mosque in Egypt.
in the divine image and likeness.
humans and fellow believers.
gathered together to praise You, Oh God,
and to call
upon you to help us to bring peace,
to all humanity.
We are with
them in love and hope
for an end to
this senseless violence wreaked upon the innocent
hate-filled fanatics who do not understand their own religion.
We pray for
their families and friends and for all Muslims of good will around the
who are under
attack because of their faith-filled observance of Islam.
Prayer after the Violence First Baptist Church Sutherland
God, most merciful and kind,
bless and keep
those who found
no human mercy or kindness,
as they gathered to worship you,
our one true source of life.
In our grieving,
especially for the lost lives of innocent children,
make us know
that human malice must give way
to your divine justice and mercy.
From the broken fragments of lost and wounded lives,
build in us a strong determination
to eradicate all forms of violence
and all sources of violence--
now and forever. Amen
Father Louis Cameli
A Prayer Preventing Sexual
Harassment in the Workplace
Good and gracious God,
Please guide all of us to be especially aware of the need for respect,
All of your creatures need your help in whatever they do and are,
They need You in the morning when the miraculous sun is rising,
They need You at lunch as we leave our desks to get some sustenance for our work
And to share our thoughts with others.
They need You in the evening as they traverse through traffic to return to home
In the midst of all this Lord, people forget the sacredness of each person they
We all need to remember each little bump or touch might be offensive to another,
We need to share our boundaries in word and deed with each other
We all need to remember each word that we say that gets people upset
Lord we need your guidance as we travel through the day and evening
Whether it is in our homes, work or leisure help us to remember the sacredness
of every aspect of life. It is through your guidance that we can bring that
understanding of not only who we are but who others are in our midst. We need to
understand the gifts that the Holy Spirit has given to them and keep our minds
and hearts on your goodness, Lord.
When someone is disrespectful, help us to forgive them Lord and remember your
graces of forgiveness and love. If the disrespect has become evil, help us Lord,
to report them to the proper authorities that you have provided for us to
contact so that they will not be participating in this behavior again.
Guide us Lord, protect us as we are ‘the apple of your eye’ ‘hide us in the
shadow of your wings’.
Give us a tongue of kindness and compassion
Give us hands that offer others help
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.
Eileen Quinn Knight. PhD
Profiles in Catholicism
Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer to
End Gun Violence
Lord Jesus, as you approached the city of Jerusalem,
Before your passion,
As you people waved palms in your honor,
You saw the city and wept over it because you
You knew of the violence and chaos you would suffer
In that beloved city
still you loved it and wept over it.
Lord Jesus, look upon our cities, weep over them,
and protect them.
Weep over us and strengthen us as we suffer
Violence and chaos.
Weep over us and love us.
Lord Jesus, weep over us and
love us. (See Lk 19)\
Father David O. Brown, O.S.M.
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
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
Let the love that you have made known to us lead us to create safer streets
for all to walk upon.
Prayer for Those with Disabilities
Giving praise and thanks to you, O
In whose image we have all been created,
We gather in faith and love,
Where through the power of the
All our bodies,
disabled and non disabled alike,
all become one Body in Christ
With tender mercy and love you
created life and hope
out of darkness and emptiness,
and then in your wisdom,
because you understood that human
is the source of communion in the
you sent your only child to enter
into the frailty of human life.
Your graciousness is a never-ending
source of justice and mercy
best known to us through Jesus, the
Who in life, death and
preached hope and inclusion.
Even when we sin by excluding
those who society pushes to the
margins because they are different,
you continue to shower us with
mercy by inviting us
back to the table of embodied love,
giving us yet another chance to
taste and drink of a justice
that welcomes the estranged and the
stranger as friend
and bids us, here and now,
to join you in building the
[This is the preface from the
"Eucharistic Prayer of Inclusion”
published in Ministry and
25, no. 5 (June/July 2000)]
Prayer for Those Affected by the California Fires
Oh, Lord, we cry out to you in anguish.
Many, many innocents lost their homes, their livelihoods,
and even their lives
in the raging fires that have swept through and devastated
so much of California.
We pray that you will send rain
to quench the fires
and your loving kindness to quench the pain
and hurt in their hearts.
We pray that friends and neighbors
across the United States
find the means and the will to aid them
in this time of great suffering.
Lord have mercy.
Lord have mercy.
Lord give them your love and solace.
Prayer to St.
We pray to you to
comfort and assist all people with cancer and to hasten approved
treatments for cancer in all counties. We also pray that you heal