WE THIRST FOR PEACE

LENT 2022

May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord smile down on you
and show you his kindness.
May the Lord answer your prayers
and give you peace.

(Numbers 6:24-26)

I arise today
through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.

I arise today
through God’s strength to pilot me;
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s hosts to save me,
afar and anear, alone or in a multitude.

Christ shield me today
Against wounding.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today
through the mighty strength
of the Lord of creation.

(St. Patrick)

“Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit? To be out of your sight?

If I climb to the sky, you’re there! If I go underground, you’re there!
If I flew on morning’s wings to the far western horizon,
you’d find me in a minute—you’re already there waiting!

Then I said to myself, “Oh, he even sees me in the dark!
At night I’m immersed in the light!”

It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to you;

night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to you.”

(Psalm 139: 7-12)

Come to me,

all you who are weary and burdened,

and I will give you rest.

(Matthew 11:28)

All you who sleep tonight

Far from the ones you love,

No hand to left or right,

And emptiness above—

Know that you aren’t alone.

The whole world shares your tears,

Some for two nights or one,

And some for all their years.

(©️Vikram Seth)

🙏🏼 SLAVA UKRAINI

Praying for world peace, and for the relief of suffering caused by wars happening all over the world today: Ukraine, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Mali, Somalia, Libya, Myanmar, Tigray, and other areas experiencing violent conflict.

WE WANT PEACE.

Photography ©️ Saskia Kidd @oraetdecora

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