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Week Of Prayer For World Peace

What is the Week Of Prayer For World Peace?

The Week Of Prayer For World Peace was founded in 1974 as a Christian initiative. However it soon became an inter faith activity , and now welcomes everyone, of all faith traditions or none, to take part. The late Dr. Edward Carpenter, former Dean of Westminister, eastablished the guiding principle of the Week in the words "The peace of the world must be prayed for by the faiths of the world", and is still the basis of the work today.

For those who want to persevere with the idea of praying with people of other faiths, three thoughts may be helpful.

•First, the different prayers that we say are said by neighbours in the same town and the same street every week. In worshipping together we simply bring under one roof what happens anyway under the same sky.

•Secondly, we are convinced that there is only one humanity that prays, and only one Divinity that we pray to, whatever different opinions we may have about that one Divinity.

•Thirdly, we recognise that inter faith partnership does not itself imply agreement.

The things we agree on are many, and precious. The things we disagree on are precious too. When we stand with a follower of another faith who is praying, whenever we can agree with the prayer, we give it our interior assent. Where we cannot agree, we withhold our interior assent. It is still good to stand with that person as a friend and as a partner for peace.

The International Prayer For Peace

Lead me fom death to life, from falsehood to truth,

Lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust,

Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace,

let peace fill our hearts, our world, our universe.


Booklets are available in church which suggest what to pray for on each day of the week.

More information can be found at http://www.weekofprayerforworldpeace.com/ 



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