Litanies & Prayers
for Peace and Justice
Prayer of Saint Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I
may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Native African Prayer for Peace
Litany of Peace with Justice
Almighty God, the Great
Thumb we cannot evade to
tie any knot;
the Roaring Thunder that splits mighty trees:
the all-seeing Lord up on high who sees
even the footprints of an antelope on
a rock mass here on Earth.
You are the one who does
not hesitate to respond to our call.
You are the cornerstone of peace.
L: Lord, so many people are in pain,
C: Teach us the way to peace.
L: When people around us don’t agree and think differently,
C: Lord, teach us to listen and understand.
L: When we see people getting hurt,
C: Lord, teach us to speak up.
L: When we see people who are hungry and poor,
C: Lord, teach us to give to them like you give to us.
L: When we see people treated poorly because of their skin color or language,
C: Lord, teach us to be an example of love.
L: When we see war and conflict around the world,
C: Lord, teach us how to make a difference and bring peace.
L: When we see pain,
C: Lord, teach us to bring healing.
L: When we feel low and things don’t seem to be going well,
C: Lord, teach us to talk to our friends, our family and to you.
L: When we stop and see all you have given us.
C: Lord, teach us to be thankful.
L: In our lives, our neighborhoods and the world
C: Lord, teach us to pray and teach us the way to peace.