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To Live Side by Side: A Prayer for the Central African Republic

Loving God,

The Archbishop Dieudonne Nzapalainga and Imam Omour Kobine of Bangui pray together during a tour to spread the word of tolerance and reconciliation.

Archbishop Dieudonne Nzapalainga and Imam Omour Kobine of Bangui pray together during a tour promoting tolerance and reconciliation in Central African Republic. Photo by Sam Phelps for CRS

We ask that your spirit touch the peoples of
      the Central African Republic.
That brother no longer turn against brother.
Nor sister against sister.
May your children learn to live side by side:
To forgive
To reconcile
To build and not tear down.
And so may we all.

Lord, who calls all peacemakers blessed,
Empower all peacemakers inside and outside
      the Central African Republic:
To stand up for the vulnerable
To harbor the refugee
To aid the afflicted
To comfort the frightened
To work and advocate for justice
To say "No more!" to violence.

Lord, who calls his people to beat their swords into ploughshares,
Make us all tillers:
Planting seeds of peace in the Central African Republic
And in all nations
Working faithfully for the glorious harvest
That is your justice.

God of all neighbors
Of all states and every region
Beyond nations, above borders:
Come in your peace
Come in your justice
Come in your hope
Come in your love
Come, and do not delay.

Amen.



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