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Prayers for a Culture of Life and Peace

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St. Telemachus by Ade Bethune

We recommend the drawing “St. Telemachus Peacemaker” by Ade Bethune. Another video has been released showing the sale and destruction of fetal body parts #AnotherBoy. And another unarmed black man has been fatally shot by a police officer, this time in Cincinnati #BlackLivesMatter. Prayers for a culture of life and peace below:

A Prayer for Life

Father and maker of all,
you adorn all creation
with splendor and beauty,
and fashion human lives in your image and likeness.
Awaken in every human heart
reverence for the work of your hands,
and renew among your people
a readiness to nurture and sustain
your precious gift of life.
Grant this through our Lord
Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in
the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.
Amen.

Isaiah 2:2-5

In days to come
the mountain of the Lord’s house
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and shall be raised above the hills;
all the nations shall stream to it.

Many peoples shall come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob;
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth instruction,
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

He shall judge between the nations,
and shall arbitrate for many peoples;
they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more.