Daily Prayers in

Time of War



Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us according as we hope in Thee.

Our Lady of Sorrows,

we pray for those who will die today

because of war, economic chaos,

injustice, and exploitation,

especially the children.

Prepare them for the agony, despair,

and terror of the violence that is upon them.

Comfort them and hold them close to the

bosom of thy Wounded Heart as they drink

deeply of the bitter cup which is

forced upon them.



Wipe their tears,

calm their fears,

welcome them to

peace and safety.

Eternal rest grant to them,

and may perpetual light shine upon them.



Holy Mary, Mother of God, help the helpless,

strengthen the fearful, comfort the sorrowful,

bring justice to the poor, peace to all nations,

and solidarity among all peoples.



Overturn the thrones of tyranny and scatter the unjust.

Cast down the bloody rulers who make the

cry of the widow and orphan rise to heaven.

Open our eyes to see the beauty, joy,

redemption, and goodness which comes

through obedience to the gospel of your Son our Lord.



Teach us to be a refuge of hope for all

who are oppressed by injustice and violence.

Give us strength to stand against the demonic powers

which prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.



O Christ God, Lord of glory, who gave us joy and blessing from your Mother's womb, have mercy on us and save us.



Remember, St. Joseph, most humble

and loving protector of the poor,

that no one ever had recourse to your protection or asked your aid

without obtaining relief.

Confiding therefore in your goodness,

we come before you and pray to you on behalf of all those at risk today of war,

economic catastrophe, and injustice.

Holy Joseph, help the helpless, comfort the dying, bring justice to the poor, and peace to all nations.



Lord God of all Creation,

bless our nation.

Teach us to love our enemies

and to bless those who curse us.

Take away from us the temptations of empire, wealth, violence, and greed,

so that we might realize the promise of our ancestors and be a blessing to all the peoples of this good earth.





O Christ God, Lord of glory,

who gave us joy and blessing from your Mother's womb,

have mercy on us and save us.



St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Be our shield against the wickedness and

snares of the devil.

May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,

and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host,

by the power of God thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits which prowl about the world

seeking the ruin of souls.



O Christ God, Lord of glory, who gave us joy and blessing from your Mother's womb, have mercy on us and save us.



O Mary, bright dawn of the new world,

Mother of the living, to you do we entrust the cause of life:

Look down, O Mother, upon the vast numbers of

babies not allowed to be born,

of the poor whose lives are made difficult,

of men and women who are victims of brutal violence,

of the elderly and the sick killed by indifference

or out of misguided mercy.



Grant that all who believe in your Son may

proclaim the Gospel of Life with honesty and love to the people of our time.

Obtain for them the grace to accept that Gospel as a gift ever new,

the joy of celebrating it with gratitude throughout their lives

and the courage to bear witness to it resolutely, in order to build,

together with all people of good will, the civilization of truth and love,

to the praise and glory of God, the creator and lover of life. Amen.

O Christ God, Lord of glory, who gave us joy and blessing from your Mother's womb, have mercy on us and save us.

A Prayer to Dorothy Day for the People of Iraq

Dorothy Day Friend of the Poor,

Defender of Peace,

Disciple of the Lord,

The whole earth groans with the sufferings of the people of Iraq.

They are beset on all sides by violence.

A plague of fire descends upon them.

A river of death flows through them.

The voices that call to them are confusing..

Demonic evil conspires against them.

The signs of these times that they must discern are tragic and unjust..

Dorothy Day, Disciple of the Lord,

Walk with the people of Iraq this day

Bless them with wisdom and prudence.

Restore them with justice and temperance,

Defend the lowly and the poor,

Rescue them from the hand of the wicked,.

Deliver them from evil,

so that peace with respect for

human life and dignity will come to their land..

This miracle we pray for in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord

who daily is crucified along the streets and highways and

among the people of Iraq, Amen.

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