Prayer Service for

International Day of Nonviolence

October 2, 2009


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The nonviolence prayer in John Dear's blog

October 2 is an important day for all persons in our global village but especially for those of us committed to living the Good News of peace, justice and reconciliation. It is the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, who helped lead India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom around the world. On June 15th 2007 the International Day of Non Violence was adopted by the 192 member States of the United Nations during their General Assembly.

You are invited and asked to share the enclosed prayer with the members of your institute. We also encourage the extended use of this prayer in the parishes, schools, colleges, universities and other ministerial realities of your congregation. We invite you to send this prayer to your members or co-workers in these ministries.