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*To be read as a chant; cantor style*
Leader: “All things exist in this world for peace.” [Perfect Liberty Kyodan Precepts 14]
All: Hear our prayer.
Leader: “God is peace, and his name is Peace, and all is bound together in peace.” [Zohar, Leviticus 10b]
All: Hear our prayer.
Leader: “For Christ is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility.” [Ephesians 2:14]
All: For early in the morning shall our cry come before you. Listen to our plea. Hear our prayer.
Leader: “Our Father, it is thy universe, it is thy will:
Let us be at peace, let the souls of the people be cool.
Thou art our father; remove all evil from our path.” [African Traditional. Nuer Prayer (Sudan)]
Appointed Cantor: “Now is the gracious Lord’s ordinance spread,
No one shall cause another pain or injury:
All mankind shall live at peace together,
Under a shield of administrative benevolence.” [Sikhism Adi Granth, Sri Raga, M.S. p.74]
People: “He binds together those who are divided, he encourages those who are
Friendly; he is a peacemaker, a lover of peace, impassioned for peace, a speaker of words that make for peace.” [Buddhism Digha Nikaya xiii.75, Tevigga Sutta]
Leader: Hear our prayer. Incline your ear to your children praying. Hear the words of our mouth and the meditations of our hearts:
“During the short eons of swords,
They meditate on love,
Introducing to non-violence
Hundred of millions of living beings.
In the midst of great battles
They remain impartial to both sides;
For bodhisattvas of great strength
Delight in reconciliation of conflict.” [Buddhism Holy Teaching of Vimlakirti 8]
All: Let this be our prayer:
“Peace be to earth and to airy spaces!
Peace be to heaven, peace to the waters,
Peace to the plants and peace to the trees!
May all the gods grant me peace!
By this invocation of peace may peace be diffused!
By this invocation of peace may peace bring peace!
With this peace the dreadful I appease,
With this peace the cruel I appease,
With this peace all evil I appease,
So that peace may prevail, happiness prevail!
May everything for us be peaceful!” [Hinduism. Atharva Veda 19.9.14]
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