1st March 2024

World Day of Prayer


I beg you, bear with one another in love

Palestine
Pray for peace

Pray for peace

Woven in Love

Loving God
Thank you that, like the designs of fine embroidery, your Love is woven
throughout the lives, the hearts and the minds of your people.
Love is evident in our everyday.
Even when we are terrorised, traumatised, attacked and alienated,
Even when we need to dig deep to know the truth of Love, to be able to
bear and to survive,
Love creates in us reminders of reconciliation, the presence of Peace
that transcends our understanding, the hope of healing, the gift of
gratitude in the face of disappointment.
Love is the image of Jesus, walking the roads that we know, enjoying
the food that we love, embracing the hospitality of homely living,
teaching, reaching out and bearing with all people in love, as Love.
Love is the knowledge of a sacrifice, costly and rare.
Help us show your Love as much as we rely upon it.
Help us to wear your Love, like a beautifully decorated garment.
Help us to bear with one another in Love. Amen

by Liz Hall
Together In Prayer, 2024

 
O Father of all nations, justice and peace we cry out to you in the midst of pain.
Be with those who need you in these days of suffering.

I bring all doctors and medics who are involved before you Father.
Thank you for the sacrifices they make for the sake of the patients.
Bless the work of their hands.
Guide them with wisdom to resuscitate the ones in emergency cases.

Lord, we pray for the safety and protection of family members.
Keep them safe under Your Wings.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
by Magda

 
A Prayer for Peace in Israel and Palestine
by Rose Marie Berger

“They will not hurt or destroy
on all my holy mountain” — Isaiah 11:9

God of Comfort,
send your Spirit to encompass all those whose lives
are torn apart by violence and death in Israel and Palestine.
You are the Advocate of the oppressed
and the One whose eye is on the sparrow.
Let arms reach out in healing, rather than aggression.
Let hearts mourn rather than militarize.

God of Justice,
give strength to those whose long work for a just peace
might seem fruitless now. Strengthen their resolve.
Do not let them feel alone. Show us how to support their work
and bolster their courage. Guide religious leaders to model
unity and reconciliation across lines of division.
Guide political leaders to listen with their hearts as they seek peace and pursue it.
Help all people choose the rigorous path of just peace and disavow violence.

God of Love,
we lift up Palestine and Israel — its people, its land, its creatures.
War is a monster that consumes everything in its path.
Peace is a gift shared at meals of memory with Christians, Muslims, and Jews.
Let us burn incense, not children. Let us break bread, not bodies.
Let us plant olive groves, not cemeteries.
We beg for love and compassion to prevail
on all your holy mountains.

God of Hope,
we lift up the cities of the region: Gaza City and Tel Aviv,
Ramallah and Ashkelon, Deir El Balah and Sderot,
so long divided, yet so filled with life and creativity.
Come again to breathe peace on your peoples
that all may recognize you.

God of Mercy,
even now work on the hearts of combatants
to choose life over death, reconciliation over retaliation,
restoration over destruction. Help us resist antisemitism in all its forms,
especially in our own churches. All people, Israelis and Palestinians,
deserve to live in peace and unafraid, with a right to determine
their future together.

God of the Nations,
let not one more child or elder be sacrificed on altars of political expediency.
Keep safe all people from unjust leaders who would exploit
vulnerability for their own distorted ends.
Give wise discernment to those making decisions to pursue peace.
Provide them insight into fostering well-being, freedom, and thriving for all.
Teach all of us to resolve injustices with righteousness, not rockets.
Guard our hearts against retaliation, and give us hearts for love alone.

Strengthen our faith in you, O God of All Flesh,
even when we don’t have clear answers,
so that we may still offer ourselves nonviolently
for the cause of peace.
 
Prayers written by women from the Ripon Prep Day

God our Father, you created us to be your children; one family in our faith in you.
Holy Jesus, we want to become more like you, to love all your people.
Holy Spirit of love and peace, give us the strength to see all whom we encounter as children of God.
We ask this in the precious name of Jesus our Saviour.
Amen

 
Dear Lord we pray for:
Empathy
Listening
Patience
The desire to walk in another’s shoes.

We ask that we are able to show respect for
Equality
Diversity
Inclusivity

Let us be aware of our unconscious bias towards others. Let us honour uniqueness and individuality and seek to understand the significance and relevance of other peoples’ lives.

We ask this in your name.
Amen

 
Two prayers written by the women at the Newcastle Preparation Day

Gracious Lord
Bind us together, Lord,
Bind us together with love.
Teach us how to love and not look for differences.
Give us the grace to accept one another as we are.
Amen

(Prudhoe, Stockton and Whickham Branches)
 
Dear Jesus
We don’t know the answers;
Give us the grace and understanding to relate to others as you did when you walked the earth. Open our ears, our hearts, our eyes and our hands to those who are outside our realm of experience.
Amen

(Ponteland Branch)

 
World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisation

May the united prayer for peace of more than 8 million women be heard this October!

Given the recent events in the Middle East, the war that continues in Ukraine and the armed confrontations throughout the world, let us join the plea of Pope Francis who, with great pain, tells us: “Please stop the attacks and the weapons! Let it be understood that terrorism and war do not lead to any solution. Every war is a defeat…”

As members of a Church that is moving towards synodal conversion and that invites us to pray, to listen to and embrace each other, to respect each other in our differences and to privilege the unity of all, let us demonstrate, with our actions, that we can contribute to generate a culture of peace.

Why not start by committing to pray tirelessly for an end to the aggressions, war and terrorism that besiege us. Let us also pray for the victims and their families. May they be aided in their material needs as well as comforted in the hope that a better world is yet to come.

Mónica Santamarina
WUCWO President General