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Pocket Prayers

This area of our site is a living collection of prayers for all religions and themes, intended to be a resource area for offering reverence at our events.
If you have any that would like to have added please send them to the Chaplain's Aide.

Prayers for Peace from a variety of Religions
(source: http://www.angelfire.com/stars3/bonita/peaceprayer.html)

~* Buddhist prayer for peace *~ 

May all beings everywhere plagued 
with sufferings of body and mind 
quickly be freed from their illnesses.
May those frightened cease to be afraid,
and may those bound be free.
May the powerless find power,
and may people think of befriending
one another.
May those who find themselves in trackless,
fearful wilderness ~ 
the children, the aged, the unprotected ~ 
be guarded by beneficent celestials, 
and may they swiftly attain Buddhahood.


~* Muslim prayer for peace *~ 

In the name of Allah, 
the beneficent, the merciful.
Praise be to the Lord of the
Universe who has created us and
made us into tribes and nations
That we may know each other, not that
we may despise each other.
If the enemy incline towards peace, do
thou also incline towards peace, and
trust God, for the Lord is the one that
heareth and knoweth all things.
And the servants of God,
Most gracious are those who walk on
the Earth in humility, and when we
address them, we say "PEACE."


~* Baha'i prayer for peace *~ 

Be generous in prosperity, 
and thankful in adversity.
Be fair in judgement,
and guarded in thy speech,
Be a lamp unto those who walk 
in darkness, and a home 
to the stranger.
Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light
unto the feet of the erring 
Be a breath of life to the body of
humankind, a dew to the soil of
the human heart,
and a fruit upon the tree of humility.


~* Jewish prayer for peace *~ 

Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
that we may walk the 
paths of the Most High.
And we shall beat our swords into ploughshares, 
and our spears into pruning hooks.
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation - 
neither shall they learn war any more.
And none shall be afraid, 
for the mouth of the Lord of Hosts has spoken.


~* Christian prayer for peace *~ 

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be known as
the Children of God.
But I say to you that hear,
love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you,
pray for those who abuse you.
To those who strike you on the cheek,
offer the other also,
and from those who take away your cloak,
do not withhold your coat as well.
Give to everyone who begs from you,
and of those who take away your goods,
do not ask them again.
And as you wish that others would do to you,
so do to them.


~* Shinto prayer for peace *~ 

Although the people living 
across the ocean 
surrounding us, I believe 
are all over brother and sister
why are there constant troubles in
this world?
Why do winds and waves rise in the
oceans surrounding us?
I only earnestly wish that the wind will
soon puff away all the clouds which are
hanging over the tops of mountains. 


~* Jainist prayer for peace *~ 

Peace and Universal Love is the essence
of the Gospel preached by all
Enlightened Ones.
The Lord has preached that equanimity
is the Dharma
Forgive do I creatures all,
and let all creatures forgive me.
Unto all have I amity, and unto none enmity.
Know that violence is the root cause of 
all miseries in the world.
Violence, in fact, is the knot of bondage.
"Do not injure any living being." 
This is the eternal, perrinial, and unalterable
way of spiritual life.
A weapon, howsoever powerful it may be,
can always be superseded by a superior one;
but no weapon can, however,
be superior to non-violence and love 


~* Native African prayer for peace *~ 

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.