Prayer for Peace in our World
for this New Year of our Lord, 2014
Taize #37 Within our Darkest Night
Lighting of candles near Our Lady of Compassion Icon
Leader begins: Let us praise the Lord of days and seasons and years, saying: Glory to God in the Highest!
All respond: And peace to God’s people on earth!
Taize #16 Glory to God in the Highest
Silence Taize # 29 Nothing Can Trouble
Passing of the Light
Lighting of the vigil lights
Taize # 36 The Lord is my Light
Leader: Our lives are made of days and nights, season and years, for we are part of a universe of suns and moons and planets.
We mark ends and we make beginnings and, in all, and we praise God for the grace and mercy that fill our days.
Word of God
Reading from the Scripture, Gen. 1:14-19; 26-28a.
Taize #48 Sing Praises
During the singing come forward and place your vigil light on the stand by Our Lady.
Psalm 91 prayed in choirs:
Taize #28 Come and Fill our Hearts
Let us pray for God’s blessing in this New Year.
Remember us, O God;
From age to age be our comforter.
You have given us the wonder of time,
blessings in days and nights, seasons and years.
Bless your children at the turning of the year
and fill our months ahead with the bright hope
that is ours in the coming of Christ.
You are our God, abiding with us for ever and ever.
Taize #47 In the Lord I am ever thankful
Taize #30 Lord of All Goodnes
The Icon of Our Lady of Compassion was written by Sr. Mary Charles, OSB, St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth, MN. The very large original is venerated in the Adoration Chapel at St Olaf’s Church , downtown Minneapolis.