Prayers for all victims of violence...

Prayer for Safety...

O Lord of Hosts, restore us. If Your face shine upon us, then we shall be safe. (Psalm 80:4)

Hear our prayer, O Lord, rouse Your power and come. We are in the dark, with no light to lead our way. We stumble and fall without Your beacon of peace to guide us.

O Lord of Hosts, restore us. If Your face shine upon us, then we shall be safe.

Lord, we beseech You to show yourself. Come to our aid, guide us in our despair, assist us to break free of the violence in our hearts, homes and communities.

O Lord of Hosts, restore us. If Your face shine upon us, then we shall be safe.


Prayer After an Experience of Violence...

I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. (Matt 5:43)

Lord, I come to You wounded and in pain; violence has been done to me. I am in need of healing; of Your gentle touch, Your tender voice and compassionate heart, Help me to transform my pain into new life.

Give me the strength and courage to live life vigorously again and to not be afraid of stranger or friend. Turn my despair into hope, my hate into love and my anger into joy.

Let me seek to be reconciled with those who have caused me harm. Help me to forgive, as You forgave. Help me to love my enemies and pray for those who have persecuted me. Bring justice and peace to the lives of those who have done me harm. Let them see Your face and feel the warmth of Your love so that they may never injure another.

Lord we pray for Your mercy and compassion, We live in troubled times, and the answers to our problems are not simple or easy. Send Your Spirit upon us to strengthen our resolve to root out the violence, hate, and fear in our lives. Replace it with Your forbearance and love. Create in us hearts of courage, grace us with the ability to stand against the violence of our day: the violence in ourselves, our homes, streets and communities. In your name we pray, Amen.


Prayer for Children/Youth...

This day Lord, guide all Your young people, those among us who are most impressionable and vulnerable. Give to them the warmth, care and nurturance that young life deserves and needs. Hold close to Your heart the young people who daily struggle because of a home environment that is not life-giving and supportive. Most especially, remember the children and youth who are without parents, those in foster care and those incarcerated.

Inspire these children and youth with your Word; assist them so that they may believe in Your Good News and the Kingdom in their midst. Create in them hearts of love, compassion, mercy and forgiveness that they may become agents of justice, peace and hope in their families, neighborhoods and communities.

Lord we pray for Your mercy and compassion, We live in troubled times, and the answers to our problems are not simple or easy. Send Your Spirit upon us to strengthen our resolve to root out the violence, hate, and fear in our lives. Replace it with Your forbearance and love. Create in us hearts of courage, grace us with the ability to stand against the violence of our day: the violence in ourselves, our homes, streets and communities. In your name we pray, Amen.


Prayers of the Faithful...

For all victims of crime, abuse and sexual harassment - for the elderly who feel imprisoned, for the youth on the streets, for children who are victimized. We Pray…

For all those who commit acts of violence; from those who speak harsh words in anger, to those who hate others who are different from themselves, to those who take the life of another. We Pray…

For our youth who experience violence from their peers, strangers and family members in their schools, neighborhoods and homes. We Pray...

For each of us gathered here today, that we may learn to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with God. We Pray...

For parents, and all those who nurture and guide our young; that they may be models of peace, teaching our young people by their good example how to resolve convict without harm, how to care for and respect all life , and how to reach out to others in love. We Pray…


Youth Commitment Card to Nonviolence


prayers courtesy of the NFCYM Stand Against Violence project
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