Prayer for Peace
Let us join our voices and pray for the peace and
harmony of the entire world, so that all the people
may work tirelessly to promote justice, which alone
can guarantee true and lasting peace.
O God, Creator of the universe, who extends to every
creature your paternal care and guides the events of
history toward the goal of salvation, we recognize
your love when you soften our hardness, and open a
world torn by conflict and strife to reconciliation.
Renew for us the miracles of your mercy: send your Spirit
to act in the depths of our hearts, so that enemies may
be ready to dialogue, adversaries shake hands, and peoples
come together in harmony. Help us commit ourselves to search
sincerely for true peace that ends disputes, for charity that
conquers hatred, for forgiveness that stifles revenge. Through
Christ our Lord, Amen
Adapted from a prayer of John Paul II, March 6, 1991 from The
Private Prayers of Pope John Paul II: An Invitation to Prayer
And in those days cometh John
the Baptist preaching in the
desert of Judea. And saying:
Do penance: for the kingdom of heaven
is at hand. For this is he that was
spoken of by Isaias the prophet, saying:
A voice of one crying in the desert,
Prepare ye the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.
And the same John had his garment of camels’
hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins:
and his meat was locusts and wild honey. Then
went out to him Jerusalem and all Judea, and
all the country about Jordan:
And were baptized by him in the Jordan,
confessing their sins. And seeing many of
the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his
baptism, he said to them: Ye brood of vipers,
who hath shewed you to flee from the wrath to come?
Bring forth therefore fruit worthy of penance.
And think not to say within yourselves, We have
Abraham for our father. For I tell you that God
is able of these stones to raise up children to Abraham.
For now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every
tree therefore that doth not yield good fruit, shall be
cut down, and cast into the fire.
I indeed baptize you in the water unto penance, but he that shall come after me, is
mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear; he shall baptize you in the Holy
Ghost and fire. Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his floor and
gather his wheat into the barn; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.
Matthew 3: 1-12
And there shall come forth a rod out
of the root of Jesse, and a flower
shall rise up out of his root. And
the spirit of the Lord shall rest
upon him: the spirit of wisdom, and
of understanding, the spirit of counsel,
and of fortitude, the spirit of knowledge,
and of godliness.
And he shall be filled with the spirit of the fear of the
Lord. He shall not judge according to the sight of the
eyes, nor reprove according to the hearing of the ears.
But he shall judge the poor with justice, and shall reprove
with equity for the meek of the earth: land he shall strike
the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of
his lips he shall slay the wicked. And justice shall be the
girdle of his loins: and faith the girdle of his reins.
The wolf shall dwell with the lamb: and the leopard shall
lie down with the kid: the calf and the lion, and the sheep
shall abide together, and a little child shall lead them. The
calf and the bear shall feed: their young ones shall rest together:
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child
shall play on the hole of the asp: and the weaned child shall
thrust his hand into the den of the basilisk.
They shall not hurt, nor shall they kill in all my holy mountain,
for the earth is filled with the knowledge of the Lord, as the
covering waters of the sea. In that day the root of Jesse, who
standeth for an ensign of the people, him the Gentiles shall
beseech, and his sepulchre shall be glorious.
Isaiah 11: 1-10
The Preaching of Saint John the Baptist
by Alessandro Allori; 1601-1603; Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence;
Madonna in the Meadow
(with infants Jesus and John the Baptist) by Sanzio Raffaello (Raphael); 1505-1506; Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria;
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