Lord, God of power, might and mercy, all the peoples of the world come from You, and in times of crisis and tragedy, all the peoples of the world are invited to turn to You for consolation, comfort and guidance.
Let there be peace on earth. Wherever there is war, terrorism or violence, may swords be turned into ploughshares. We pray especially for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians in the Holy Land. Theirs is the holiest place on earth, where you made Your covenant and where Your son preached, taught and worked many mighty deeds.
We pray for a de-escalation in the hostilities of the opposing sides of this conflict, so that hostages may be returned to their families and aid given to those innocents who are cut off from the basic necessities of life. Comfort the grieving, console the sorrowing, and give strength and healing to those whose injuries may soon bring them to You.
All life is sacred. All life is Your gift to us. Regardless of color, creed or race, we are our brother’s keeper, for You unite us in one human family. May our care and concern for the least among us reflect the great love You have for all Your children.
May the love of the armies of Heaven overwhelm and overpower the weapons of man, in hopes that all of us may one day live together in true and lasting peace. Help us to seek the intercession of Our Lady, Mother of Perpetual Help and Queen of Peace.
May every road we travel lead us to You and to new pathways for peace and understanding.
Hear and answer all the prayers that we offer now and always through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.