Prayer for Peace

In the poor stable of Bethlehem, Jesus,
You were born of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
In Bethlehem, as Emmanuel, God-with-us,
You revealed Yourself to shepherds and to Kings.
In Bethlehem the angels sang, promising peace,
A peace the world cannot give.
Jesus, our Lord and our Brother, we praise You and we thank You,
For today Bethlehem is the beacon which enlightens our path.
Teach us to discover Your Face
In those who suffer and face discrimination
And in those who are persecuted for their faith in You and Your Church.
In Your Name, we wish to console and serve them.
Use us to establish Your Kingdom of truth, justice and mercy.  
Lead us, with Mary and Joseph, towards a new Bethlehem
Of pardon, peace and joyful hope.

Amen.

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