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These prayers and blessings from around the world reveal how much we all have in common.
A World of Faith
These prayers and blessings from around the world reveal how much people from different faith traditions have in common. At the same time, they highlight our rich diversity. Celebrate both by trying out one of these prayers today.
An Irish Blessing
May the road rise to meet you,May the wind be always at your back,May the sun shine warm upon your face,The rains fall soft upon your fields and,Until we meet again,May God hold you in the palm of His hand.Amen.
A Shinto Prayer
Although the people living across the ocean surrounding us, I believe, are all our brothers and sisters, why are there constant troubles in this world? Why do winds and waves rise in the ocean surrounding us? I only earnestly wish that the wind will soon puff away all the clouds which are hanging over the tops of the mountains.
A Nigerian Prayer
May togetherness of this earth continue to guide us and may the divine bring peace and understanding to protect the world.
A Queio Apache Prayer
Looking behind, I am filled with gratitude.Looking forward, I am filled with vision.Looking upwards, I am filled with strength. Looking within, I discover peace.
A Taoist Quote
If there is to be peace in the world, there must be peace in the nations.If there is to be peace in the nations, there must be peace in the cities.If there is to be peace in the cities,there must be peace between neighbors.If there is to be peace between neighbors, there must be peace in the home.If there is to be peace in the home, there must be peace in the heart.
A Hawaiian Prayer
May the earth continue to live.May the heavens above continue to live.May the rains continue to dampen the land.May the wet forests continue to grow.Then the flowers shall bloomAnd we people shall live again.
A Buddhist Prayer and Healing Chant
Just as the soft rains fill the streams,pour into the rivers, and join together in the oceans,so may the power of every moment of your goodnessflow forth to awaken and heal all beings–those here now, those gone before, those yet to come.
By the power of every moment of your goodness,may your heart’s wishes be soon fulfilledas completely shining as the bright full moon, as magically as by a wish-fulfilling gem.
By the power of every moment of your goodness,may all dangers be averted and all disease be gone.May no obstacle come across your way.May you enjoy fulfillment and long life.
For all in whose heart dwells respect,who follow the wisdom and compassion of the Way,may your life prosper in the four blessingsof old age, beauty, happiness and strength.
An Ashanti (West African) Prayer
O God, creator of our land,our earth, the trees, the animals and humans, all is for your honor.
The drums beat it out, and people sing about it, and they dance with noisy joy that you are the Lord.
You also have pulled the other continents out of the sea.What a wonderful world you have made out of wet mud, and what beautiful men and women!We thank you for all the beauty of this earth.
The grace of your creation is like a cool day between rainy seasons.We drink in your creation with our eyes.we listen to the bird’s jubilee with our ears.
How strong and good and sure your earth smells, and everything that grows there.
Be with us in our countries and in all Africa, and in the whole worldPrepare us for the service that we should render.
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