Text of Prayer:
Immaculate Heart of Mary, help us to conquer the menace of evil, which so easily takes root in the hearts of the people of today, and whose immeasurable effects already weigh down upon our modern world and seem to block the paths toward the future. From famine and war, deliver us. From nuclear war, from incalculable self-destruction, from every
kind of war, deliver us. From sins against human life from its very beginning, deliver us. From hatred and from the demeaning of the dignity of the children of God, deliver us. From every kind of injustice in the life of society, both national
and international, deliver us. From readiness to trample on the commandments of God, deliver us. From attempts to stifle in human hearts the very truth of God, deliver us. From the loss of awareness of good and evil, deliver us. From sins against the Holy Spirit, deliver us. Accept, O Mother of Christ, this cry laden with the sufferings of all individual human beings, laden with the sufferings of whole societies. Help us with the power of the Holy Spirit conquer all sin: individual sin and the "sin of the world," sin in all its manifestations. Let there be revealed once more in the history of the world the infinite saving power of the redemption: the power of merciful love. May it put a stop to evil. May it transform consciences. May your Immaculate Heart reveal for all the light of hope. Amen.
How Do I Use . . .
Invite the entire school to pray the Prayer for Peace on the first class day after January 1, the Feast of Mary, the Mother of God. Start or end the school day with the Prayer for Peace whenever there is an outbreak of violence in the local community. Use the Prayer for Peace as a starting point for discussion about ways to work for peace in your school, parish, and community. Recite Prayer for Peace each morning at the end of announcements. Give copies of Prayer for Peace to every child or young person. Pray the Prayer for Peace at the beginning of class or a youth group meeting.