New Year’s Day – World Day of Peace

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Dove of Peace, Mosaic

Prayer for Peace
By Pope Paul VI

Lord, God of peace,
who has created man,
the object of your kindness,
to be close to you in glory,
we bless you and we thank you
because you have sent us
your beloved son, Jesus,
making him the mystery of the pasch,
the architect of all salvation,
the source of all peace,
the bond of true brotherhood.
We thank you for the desire,
the efforts, the realizations
which your spirit of peace
has roused in our day:
to replace hatred with love,
diffidence with understanding,
unconcern with care.
Open yet more our hearts
to the needs of all our
brothers and sisters,
so that we may be better able
to build a true peace.
Remember, Father of mercy,
all who are in pain,
who suffer and die
in the cause of a more
brotherly world.
For the men of every race,
of every tongue –
may your kingdom come:
your kingdom of justice,
of peace, of love;
and may the earth be filled
with your glory.
Amen.

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

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Child Jesus, by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, 1675-1682

Prayer to the Holy Family

O most loving Jesus,
who by Thy sublime and beautiful virtues of humility,
obedience, poverty, modesty, charity, patience and gentleness,
and by the example of Thy domestic life,
didst bless with peace and happiness
the family Thou didst choose on earth,
in Thy clemency look down upon this household,
humbly prostrate before Thee and imploring Thy mercy.
Remember that this family belongs to Thee;
for to Thee we have in a special way
dedicated and devoted ourselves.
Look upon us in Thy loving kindness;
preserve us from danger;
give us help in time of need,
and grant us the grace to persevere
to the end in the imitation of Thy Holy Family;
that having revered Thee
and loved Thee faithfully on earth,
we may bless and praise Thee eternally in heaven.

O Mary, most sweet Mother,
to thy intercession we have recourse,
knowing that thy Divine Son will hear thy prayers.

And do thou, O glorious Patriarch, St. Joseph,
assist us by thy powerful mediation,
and offer, by the hands of Mary,
our prayers to Jesus.

Amen.

Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs

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The Massacre of the Innocents at Bethlehem, by Pál Szinyei Merse, 1866

Prayer in Sorrow

God of all consolation,
in your unending love and mercy for us,
you turn the darkness of death
into the dawn of new life.
Show compassion to your people in sorrow.
Be our refuge and our strength to lift us
from the darkness of this grief
to peace and joy in your presence.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
Amen.