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Greetings,

We hope for you to join us in our New Year’s Vigil with Pope Francis’ on the 50th World Day of Prayer for Peace.  However, if you cannot join our vigil here at the monastery, we invite you to share in our prayer in heart and soul wherever you may be. Tomorrow, you can continue the World Day of Prayer for Peace through many resources offered by the USCCB.

Introduction from Pope Francis’ Message on the World Day of Peace:

“At the beginning of this New Year, I offer heartfelt wishes of peace to the world’s peoples and nations, to heads of state and government, and to religious, civic and community leaders. I wish peace to every man, woman, and child, and I pray that the image and likeness of God in each person will enable us to acknowledge one another as sacred gifts endowed with immense dignity. Especially in situations of conflict, let us respect this, our “deepest dignity”, and make active nonviolence our way of life” (Nonviolence: a Style of Politics for Peace).

Antiphon:  Our God will bless all people with peace.

Psalm 29

~Silent Prayer~

Reading from Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The judgement of God is upon us today. And we could go right down the line and see that something must be done—and something must be done quickly. We have alienated ourselves from other nations so we end up morally and politically isolated in the world. This is where we are…We must put an end to war or war will put an end to humankind (Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution, March 1968).

stained-glass-lily-yankton-benedictines-sacred-heart-monastery-sisters-nuns-copyLitany response: Lord have mercy
*For the victims of war…
*Women, men, and children…
*The maimed and crippled…
*the abandoned and the homeless…
*The imprisoned and the tortured…
*The widowed and the orphaned…
*The bleeding and the dying…
*The weary and the desperate…
*The lost and the forsaken…
*For those fleeing in terror…

~Silent Prayer~

Antiphon: Dona nobis pacem, pacem; Dona nobis pacem.

Reading:  1 Peter 3: 9-11

*Deliver us, O God…
–Guide our feet into the way of peace.
*In humility, we ask…
–Hear our prayer, grant us peace.

~Silent Prayer~

Antiphon: Dona nobis pacem, pacem; Dona nobis pacem.

Reading:  The Tools of Good Works

“Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way; the love of Christ must come before all else. You are not to act in anger or nurse a grudge. Rid your heart of all deceit. Never give a hollow greeting of peace or turn away when someone needs your love…Live by God’s commandments every day…Harbor neither hatred nor jealousy of anyone, and do nothing out of envy. Respect the elders and love the young. Pray for your enemies out of love for Christ. If you have a dispute with someone, make peace before the sun goes down. And finally, never lose hope in God’s mercy” (Rule of Benedict, Chapter 4: 20-26, 62-72).

Litany Response:

Leader:  With the help of God’s grace…
dining-refectory-eucharist-smaller-yankton-benedictines-sacred-heart-monastery-sistersAll:  We will struggle for justice.

Leader:  With the compassion of Christ…
All:  We will stand for what is true.

Leader:  With God’s abiding kindness…
All:  We will love even our enemies.

Leader:  With the love of Christ …
All:  We will resist all evil.

Leader:  With God’s unending faithfulness…
All:  We will work to build the beloved community.

Leader:  With Christ’s passionate love…
All:  We will carry the cross.

dining-refectory-incense-yankton-benedictines-sacred-heart-monastery-sistersLeader:  With God’s overwhelming goodness…
All:  We will walk as pilgrims of peace.

Leader:  With Christ’s fervent conviction…
All:  We will labor for peace.

Leader:  With God’s infinite mercy…
All:  We will labor for truth.

Leader:  With God’s infinite mercy…
All:  We will live in solidarity with all people.

All:  In the end, there are three things that last: faith, hope, and love, and the greatest of these is love.

Leader:  Let us abide in God’s love…
All:  Thanks be to God.

~Silent Prayer~

Our Father

~Sign of Peace~

Closing from Pope Francis’ Message on the World Day of Peace:

“All of us want peace. Many people build it day by day through small gestures and acts; many of them are suffering, yet patiently persevere in their efforts to be peacemakers”. In 2017, may we dedicate ourselves prayerfully and actively to banishing violence from our hearts, words, and deeds, and to becoming nonviolent people and to building nonviolent communities that care for our common home. “Nothing is impossible if we turn to God in prayer. Everyone can be an artisan of peace” (Nonviolence: a Style of Politics for Peace).

Antiphon: Dona nobis pacem, pacem; Dona nobis pacem.

Blessings to you,
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