Prayers for Peace

Posted on March 4, 2022 by Published by

Please join your OLW Family in praying for peace in Ukraine and in our world…

Pope Francis’ Prayer for Peace

Lord God of peace, hear our prayer!

We have tried so many times and over so many years to resolve our conflicts by our own powers and by the force of our arms. How many moments of hostility and darkness have we experienced; how much blood has been shed; how many lives have been shattered; how many hopes have been buried… But our efforts have been in vain.

Now, Lord, come to our aid! Grant us peace, teach us peace; guide our steps in the way of peace. Open our eyes and our hearts, and give us the courage to say: “Never again war!”; “With war everything is lost”. Instill in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.

Lord, God of Abraham, God of the Prophets, God of Love, you created us and you call us to live as brothers and sisters. Give us the strength daily to be instruments of peace; enable us to see everyone who crosses our path as our brother or sister. Make us sensitive to the plea of our citizens who entreat us to turn our weapons of war into implements of peace, our trepidation into confident trust, and our quarreling into forgiveness.

Keep alive within us the flame of hope, so that with patience and perseverance we may opt for dialogue and reconciliation. In this way may peace triumph at last, and may the words “division”, “hatred” and “war” be banished from the heart of every man and woman. Lord, defuse the violence of our tongues and our hands. Renew our hearts and minds, so that the word which always brings us together will be “brother”, and our way of life will always be that of: Shalom, Peace, Salaam!


Saint John Paul II’s Prayer For Peace

Mary, Queen of Peace, save us all who have so much trust in you, from wars, hatred, and oppression.

Make us all learn to live in peace and educate ourselves for peace, do what is demanded by justice and respect the right of every person so that peace may be firmly established.


Mundelein Seminary Online Novena Prayer

Heavenly Father,
in the chaos and darkness on the night before he died,
your beloved Son told his disciples:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.”

In the turmoil of these days,
we come to you and ask your blessing
for the people of Ukraine.

May they experience the consolation and peace
that you alone can offer.

May your Son, meek and humble of heart,
teach us and the world the saving grace of humility
as we seek to foster peace and justice
in our hearts and in our times.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

May Mary, the Queen of Peace, protect us from the folly of war.

Pray A Novena for Ukraine


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