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Prayers for Peace

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I had the privilege yesterday of participating in an Ecumenical Service of Prayers for Peace initiated by His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins.  In his homily the Cardinal spoke of Christ who Conquers evil with love.  He spoke with great concern of the devastation caused by natural disasters, of the persecution of Christians around the world, and of the need for peace.  Some of the prayers were offered for the Egyptian church.  The Coptic Bishop and many of the Egyptian clergy were in attendance.  

Because the liturgy was written before the hurricanes and earthquake of recent days, with the Cardinal's blessing I somewhat extemporaneously added the following lines to the prayer I was invited to pray.  

Almighty and merciful God, Creator of the heavens and of the earth, we pause to remember those ravaged by today's hurricanes in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, and by last weeks flooding in India, Bangladesh, Texas and other places, and of the earthquake off the coast of Mexico.  O God it would seem the whole creation is groaning and crying out for redemption.  O Christ who walked upon the waters and rode upon the storm speak again your word of peace that the winds and the waves might be still, and bring that peace which you alone can give that we might indeed know that your love conquers the storms without and the storms within, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  

Please feel free to use this prayer as your own as we continue to pray for those who suffer as a result of the storms of this world.  

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Rev. Dr. Peter Holmes

Peter Holmes, BA, MDiv, DMin is the Minister of the Congregation at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church

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