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Lament for Gaza

A saying from The Prophet, used in daily prayer by Muslims

Oh God, you are Peace.

From you comes Peace,

to you Returns Peace.

Revive us with a salutation of Peace,

and lead us to your abode of Peace.

From Jewish Morning Prayer:

May the name of the Lord be blessed now and for ever.

May there be abundant peace from heaven,

and a happy life for us and for all Israel.

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

May he who makes peace in his high places grant (in his mercy)

peace for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen.

A prayer after Saint Francis of Assisi adapted by John Sentamu.

Lord, make me a channel of your peace,

Where there is hatred, let me be your love

Where there is injury, let me be your healing and pardon

Where there is despair, let me be your hope

Where there is darkness, let me be your light

Where there is sadness, let me be your consolation and joy

Help me to love with all my heart;

To understand as I have been understood;

To forgive as I have been forgiven;

To give and to serve without counting the cost,

Lord, make me a channel of your peace. Amen.


We have become orphans, fatherless;

     our mothers are like widows.

We must pay for the water we drink;

     The wood we get must be bought.

With a yoke on our necks we are hard driven.

     we are weary, we are given no rest.

We get our bread at the peril of our lives,

The old men have left the city gate,

     the young men their music.

The joy of our hearts has ceased;

     our dancing has been turned to mourning.

The crown has fallen from our head;

     woe to us, for we have sinned!

Because of this our hearts are sick,

But you, O Lord, reign forever;

     your throne endures to all generations.

Why have you forgotten us completely?

     Why have you forsaken us these many days?

Restore us to yourself, O Lord, that we may be restored;

     renew our days as of old –

unless you have utterly rejected us,

     and are angry with us beyond measure.