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PENTECOST NOVENA – DAY SIX

Overcoming War and Violence

Hymn: Awake is the Call (Lyrics)

Awake is the call of the One who is wakefulness
Waken me, O God, into your wakefulness
/Every fiber of my being awake, awake to God’s call/ 2x

1. Those who are thirsty, let them come to me
/Those who have faith in me drink abundantly/ 2x
There shall flow living water out from believing hearts
/Every fiber of my being awake, awake to God’s call/ 2x

2. Those who are lonely, let them come to me
/Those who are without friends, come and be with me/ 2x
You shall find me at your side, leading you to life and love
/Every fiber of my being awake, awake to God’s call/ 2x

3. You who are precious in the eyes of God
/You who are dearly loved by our God Most High/ 2x
He shall set you like a light in the kingdom of His Son
/Every fiber of my being awake, awake to God’s call/ 2x

Opening Prayer

The Spirit of God is hovering over the universe, forming, creating, and giving life and energy.

You are the God of eternal wakefulness, and we are in your presence.

We are here with humility and reverence, aware of your infinite power and love.

We offer our prayers for all of humanity, the universal church,
our congregation, the provinces/regions, communities, each of us the members of our congregation, our lay collaborators and partners in mission, our families, and Mother Earth.

We ask you to fill our hearts with your life-giving breath to guide us. We are unworthy yet grateful for your boundless mercy.

May Your presence be with us always so that we may never be separated from You or humanity in need.

Please lead us towards the Father and the Son, and help us to serve and glorify the Holy Triune God. Amen.

Introduction from Scripture

 

 

The prophet Isaiah describes God’s rule, “Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and we may walk in his paths. He shall judge between the nations and arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” (Isaiah: 2: 3-4).

The wars between Israel and Palestine, Ukraine and Russia, and violence in many parts of the world have been distressing. We entrust all the warring nations and the global world to the giver of peace, harmony, and human fraternity. May the Holy Spirit stir everyone’s mind and heart to be agents of peace, healing, forgiveness, and love.

Moment of Silent Prayer

The violence and wars that affect the whole world begin within us when we don’t cultivate peace and justice in our relationships. Let us ask the Holy Spirit for the grace to be peacemakers.

Reflection

  • How should we, as followers of Christ and members of the Arnoldus family, respond to the increasing violence and armed conflicts? 
  • Moreover, how do we fulfill our commission to engage in dialogue, reconciliation, justice, and peace? (pause)

Moment of Sharing

Let’s pray together, expressing our heartfelt longing for peace. We seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit to bring light to the conflicts in our families, communities, and society.

 

Closing Prayer

God, Holy Spirit, sustainer of the universe,
You are the God of assurance and strength.
The Good News we listened to has created
ripples of Your grace in our souls.

We believe You bring new life and transform us
into people who listen, observe, care,
and move toward those in need, the deprived, and the lonely.

May the Father’s ever-watchful and unsleeping eyes,
Jesus’s burning heart, and Your presence, O Holy Spirit, remain with us.
We give thanks, praise, glory, and honor to You, O Holy Triune God,
for Your unconditional acceptance of us, Your children. Amen.