Pope’s Day of Prayer for Peace | September 2016

Day of Prayer for Peace 20 September 201620 September 2016 | Tuesday of Week 25

Pope Francis has called for a ‘Day of Prayer for Peace’ on Tuesday 20 September 2016. The theme of the day is ‘Thirst for peace: faiths and cultures in dialogue’.

Included here are readings and prayers for Tuesday of Week 25

St Andrew Kim and companions. optional memorial

1st Reading: Proverbs 21:1-6, 10-13
Advice about self-control from Solomon’s proverbs

The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord;
he turns it wherever he will.
All deeds are right in the sight of the doer,
but the Lord weighs the heart.
To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin.
The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to want.
The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.
The souls of the wicked desire evil; their neighbours find no mercy in their eyes.
When a scoffer is punished, the simple become wiser;
when the wise are instructed, they increase in knowledge.
The Righteous One observes the house of the wicked; he casts the wicked down to ruin.
If you close your ear to the cry of the poor, you will cry out and not be heard.

Gospel: Luke 8:19-21
Christ’s nearest family are those who hear God’s word and do it.

The mother and brothers of Jesus came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd. And he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.” But he said to them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”

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Peace Prayer to St Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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Parish Bulletin Notice

Pope Francis has called for a ‘Day of Prayer for Peace’ on Tuesday 20 September 2016. The theme of the day is ‘Thirst for peace: faiths and cultures in dialogue’.

To mark the occasion, the Holy Father will visit Assisi, Italy. There will be a moment of silence in memory of the victims of war, an appeal for peace will be signed with representatives of other religions and candles lit followed by the exchange of a sign of peace.

You are invited to take a moment to pray for peace on this day. Below is the peace prayer to St Francis of Assisi.

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Other downloads

Letter from Apostolic Nunciature in Australia (PDF 487kB)

Pope Francis' prayer intentions for September (PDF 125kB)

Pope Francis’ visit to Assisi for the World Day of Prayer for Peace (PDF 130kB)


  • Created: 14 September 2016
  • Modified: 14 September 2016