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Prayers for peace in the Middle East

Vigil for PeacePlease read a short selection of the prayers used by Dr Sentamu in leading public intercessions in York Minster every hour during the day throughout his vigil in August 2006.

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

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

For the Peoples of the Middle East

Your kingdom come, O Lord,
with deliverance for the needy,
with peace for the righteous,
with overflowing blessing for all nations,
with glory, honour and praise
for the One God and Father of us all.

Common Worship Collect for Psalm 72, adapted

For Peace

O God, lead us from death to life,
from falsehood to truth.
Lead us from despair to hope,
from fear to trust.
Lead us from hate to love,
from war to peace.
Let peace fill our hearts, our world, our universe.

World Prayer for Peace, Satish Kumar

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.

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

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.

From Jewish Morning Prayer