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Prayer for remembrance and peace

August 6 and 9, 2020, are the 75th anniversaries of the world’s first atomic bombings. In Japan and around the world, people gather in early August to float lanterns in remembrance of the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, all victims of war, and all who have gone before us. We reaffirm our commitment to build a better future.

Please join us during the 10 Days of Peace, from August 6-15, to pray for peace. 

The Children’s Peace Memorial was completed on May 5, 1958 in honor of Sadako Sasaki.Remembrance

Sisters in Japan reflect on their childhood experiences. Briefly pause after reading each reflection.

The A-Bomb Dome. At 8:15 a.m. on August 6, 1945, an atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima by the United States Army Air Forces exploded 600 meters above the ground about 160 meters southeast of the elliptical dome.Poem

"We shall bring forth new life," by Sadako Kurihara, translated by Wayne Lammers

Origami birdsPeace Lanterns

Sisters use peace lanterns as symbols of their desire for peace. Learn how to make a lantern to use in praying for peace.

Opening Song
(available on YouTube)

Peace is Flowing like a River or Kirisuto no heiwa/キリストの平和

Kirisuto no heiwa ga, wata shitachi no kokoro no,
sumizumi ni ma de, yuki watarimasu yo u ni.

May the peace of Christ be with you,
may the love of Christ dwell deep in your heart,
may the Spirit enlighten your way,
may you walk in the comfort of God's love.

 

Reading

Article 9 of Japan's Constitution reads as follows: 1. Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as a means of settling international disputes. Constitution Article #9 is the only way into the future. CONCRETE SHAPE OF HOPE

Closing Prayer

God, Father and Mother of this world, we come to you from the midst of a broken world where nations raise weapons against nations and mothers and children are the innocent victims of violence. We pray that you would inspire us to create a peaceful world. Help us call our leaders to accountability and to remind them that more weapons and war do not bring peace. Make us a peaceful people in a peaceful world. Amen.

(Adapted from Center of Concern Prayer for an end to nuclear weapons.)

Closing Song:

(repeat the opening song)

 

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