Celtic Litany for Peace

From the Order of the Shepherd’s Heart

(Published on October 3, 2009

Let us pray to the Lord, saying, Lord have mercy.

For the peace from above, and for tranquility in our time for the Holy Catholic Church, that she may reach to the ends of the earth, let us pray to the Lord,
Lord, have mercy.

That God may soon manifest his Kingdom of peace, where no sword is drawn and no tear is shed, let us pray to the Lord,
Lord, have mercy.

That all nations and their rulers may be governed by the righteous scepter of God’s authority, and that all people may live in peace and prosperity, let us pray to the Lord,
Lord, have mercy.

For peace on earth and good will among all people, let us pray to the Lord,
Lord, have mercy.

For peace in the Holy Land in which the Word of God was born and lived among us, and for peace in those lands where the Gospel light first shone among our ancestors in the faith, let us pray to the Lord,
Lord, have mercy.

That all nations may be governed by him who was born to be the servant of all, let us pray to the Lord,
Lord, have mercy.

That the leaders of the nations may follow the Morning Star who knows no setting, and who leads to peace and concord, let us pray to the Lord,
Lord, have mercy.

Bring to repentance the leaders of the nations who sit in the seat of Herod and Pilate, governing for their own benefit and washing their hands of justice, let us pray to the Lord,
Lord, have mercy.

In ancient times you confused the tongues and divided the nations, but at the descent of the Holy Spirit, you opened the tongues and ears of people from many nations to hear the Good News in Jesus Christ. Bring the nations of the world to peace in this life-giving Gospel, let us pray to the Lord,
Lord, have mercy.

For a peaceful and Christian end to our lives, let us pray to the Lord,
Lord, have mercy.

Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all people may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever.

Amen.

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