USCCB Pilgrimage of Peace Closing Prayer Brought to us by Most Rev. Eusebius Beltran, KC*HS Archbishop Emeritus, Oklahoma City Lieutenancy Meeting, October 19, 2014
Lord, God of Peace, hear our prayer!
We have tried so many times and over so many years to resolve our conflicts by our own powers and by the force of our arms. How Many moments of hostility and darkness have we experienced; How much blood has ben shed; how many lives have been shattered; how many hopes have been buried . . . But our efforts have been in vain.
Now, Lord, come to our aid! Grant us peace, teach us peace; guide our steps in the way of peace. Open our eyes and our hearts and give us the courage to say: "Never again war!" Instill in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.
Lord, God of Abraham, God of the Prophets, God of Love, You created us and You call us to live as brothers and sisters. Give us the strength daily to be instruments of peace; enable us to see everyone who crosses our path as our brother or sister.
We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever.
A selection of devotional prayers compiled from approved sources.
"Lord teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples." He said to them, "When you pary, say:
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." Amen.
Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, Fear of the Lord.
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary, R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, etc. V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord. R. Be it done unto me according to Your Word. Hail Mary, etc. V. And the word was made flesh, R. And dwelt among us. Hail Mary, etc. V. Pray for us O holy Mother of God. R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray: Pour forth, we beseech You, O Lord, Your Grace into our hearts; that as we have known the incarnation of Christ, your Son by the message of an angel, so by His passion and cross we may be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.
The Salve Regina
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy. Hail our life, our sweetness and our hope! To You do we cry, poor banished children of Eve! To You do we send up our sighs, mouning and weeping in this vale of tears! Turn then, most gracious Advocate, Your eyes of mercy toward us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of Your womb, Jesus! O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary that never was it know that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your inter- cession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my mother. To you I come; before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.
My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; Because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid; for, behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed; Because, He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name; And His mercy is from generation to generation on those who fear Him. He has shown might with His arm, He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and has exalted the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty. He has given help to Isreal, His servant, mindful of His mercy - Even as He spoke to our fathers - to Abraham and to His posterity forever.
Knights' and Ladies' Prayer
O Lord Jesus Christ, for Your five wounds that we carry on our insignis we pary to You
Give us the strength to love all whom your Father has created and, more so, our enemies.
Free our sould and heart from sin, from partiality, from egoism and from cowardice so that wecan be worthy of Your sacrifice.
Let Your Spirit fall upon us all, the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre, so that it may render us as convinced and sincere ambassadors of peace and love among our brothers and sisters and, especially, among all those who think they do not believe in You.
Give us Faith to face all the problems of everyday life and to deserve, one day, to approach, humbly but without fear, Your presence Amen.