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A Litany for Peace

Adapted from the Augustinians of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and from St. John Chrysostom.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

In peace, let us pray to the Lord.  Lord, have mercy.

For peace from on high, and for the salvation of souls, let us pray to the Lord.  Lord, have mercy.

For peace in the whole world, for the well-being of the holy Churches of God, and for the union of all people, let us pray to the Lord.  Lord, have mercy.

For our Parish Family, and for all who enter it with faith, reverence, and love of God, let us pray to the Lord.  Lord, have mercy.

For our Pope Francis and our Bishop David, for the priesthood, the diaconate, the religious life, and all the people of God, let us pray to the Lord.  Lord, have mercy.

For our elected officials and civil authorities, for First Responders and health care professionals, and for all in service of our country in the military, let us pray to the Lord.  Lord, have mercy.

For an end to civil unrest and violence, warfare and terrorism, abuse and prejudice, hatred and division, and for a restoration of peace, justice, and dignity for all, let us pray to the Lord.  Lord, have mercy.

For our hometown and all our surrounding communities, for every city, county, state, and country, and for all people living therein, let us pray to the Lord.  Lord, have mercy.

For good weather, for protection from natural disasters and disease, for an abundance of the fruits of the earth for all the children of God, and for peaceful times, let us pray to the Lord.  Lord, have mercy.

For the sick, the suffering, the wounded, the hurting, the hungry, the fearful, and the captive, and for their safety, healing, and salvation, let us pray to the Lord.  Lord, have mercy.

For all who have asked for our prayers, for those whom we have promised to pray, and for all those who have no one else to pray for them, let us pray to the Lord.  Lord, have mercy.

For our own personal intentions and the intentions of our loved ones, we pause a moment in silence.

Let us pray to the Lord.  Lord, have mercy.

That we may be delivered from all affliction, wrath, hatred, violence, injustice, and need, let us pray to the Lord.  Lord, have mercy.

Help, save, have mercy and protect us, O God, by Your Grace.  Lord, have mercy.

Remembering our most holy, most pure, most-blessed and glorious Lady, the Mother of God and ever-Virgin Mary, and all the angels and saints, let us commend ourselves, one another, our beloved deceased, and our whole life and world to Christ, through Her Immaculate Heart, as we pray: Hail Mary…. Amen.  In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Daily Prayer for Healing, Protection, and Peace of Mind

Join our priests in saying this prayer every day!

Holy Mary, we come before you as spiritual children in great need, seeking your intercession, and asking that your mantle of love surround us, in order to comfort, protect, and lead us to your son, Jesus.

We entrust all of God’s family, especially our Parish Family and our own loved ones, into your immaculate hands.  With your son Jesus’ gentle power, you can undo any knot in our world, in our Church, in our communities, and in the lives of believers who entrust themselves to your care.

Today, we especially entrust to you all those who have died, all those who are suffering, all those who care for them, and all those who are working to prevent the spread of disease; and we ask that, through your intercession, and through the intercession of all our patron saints, our guardian angels, and the faithful of our Parish Family- we may be freed from every spiritual and temporal ill, and from every anxiety, worry, and fear, and be safely led to encounter your son’s merciful, loving, and sacred heart.  Help us to trust in Him for all things, confident that He is by our side every moment of every day.  And may that same trust and confidence fill our hearts with the lasting faith, hope, and love which conquers all things.

Our Lady of the Assumption, Un-doer of Knots, pray for us!  Amen.

Jesus Speaks to anxious hearts

“Sit quietly with me, letting all your fears and worries bubble up to the surface of your consciousness.  There, in the light of My Presence, the bubbles pop and disappear.  However, some fears surface over and over again, especially fear of the future.  You tend to project yourself mentally into the next day, week, month, year, decade; and you visualize yourself coping badly in those times.  What you are seeing is a false image, because it doesn’t include Me.  Those gloomy times that you imagine will not come to pass, since My Presence will be with you at all times!

So, when future-oriented worry assails you, capture it and disarm it by suffusing the Light of My Presence into that mental image.  Say to yourself, ‘Jesus will be with me then and there.  With His help, I can cope!’  Then, come home to the present moment, where you can enjoy Peace in My Presence. I am your loving Shepherd, and I am with you always!”

Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.  Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.  Consider the sparrows: they do not reap or sow, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them.  And you are worth more than many sparrows!  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?”   LUKE 12:22-25

Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave or forsake you.”  DEUTERONOMY 31:6

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.  In verdant pastures he gives me repose; beside restful waters he leads me; he refreshes my soul.

He guides me in right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side with your rod and your staff that give me courage.

You spread the table before me in the sight of my foes; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come.   PSALM 23

Trust in God’s Providence

Prayer by Thomas Merton

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.

I do not see the road ahead of me.

I cannot know for certain where it will end.

Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.

And I hope that I have that desire in all that I am doing.

I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.

And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it.

Therefore, will I trust you always though I may seem lost and in the shadow of death.  I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

Lead Kindly Light

Prayer by Cardinal Newman 

Lead Kindly Light amid the encircling gloom,

Lead Thou me on.

The night is dark and I am far from home,

Lead Thou me on.

Keep Thou my feet.

I do not ask to see the distant scene,

One step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that

Thou should lead me on;

I loved to choose and see my path,

But now, lead Thou me on!

More Resources

Cardinal Ratzinger on fasting from the Eucharist

Spiritual Communion

Litany of Trust

Intercessory Prayers