February 23, 2015
Circular 2015-5: Oratio Imperata for Peace
My dear people of God:
The situation of the country and the world right now calls on all of us to turn to the Lord in humble supplication and gather our people to pray. As the nation continues to grieve over the tragedy in Mamasapano and the family of nations is threatened by war and terror from extremist groups, our best contribution to the nation and to the world is to encourage people to pray.
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14).
In the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan from March 1 to 28, 2015 the Oratio Imperata for Peace must be prayed before the Post Communion Prayer in every Mass. Hopefully this prayer can calm the anxieties of our long suffering people and touch the hearts of the enemies of peace.
I trust that this obligatory prayer for peace will be diligently prayed as instructed. Thank you.
+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS
Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan
Oratio Imperata for Peace
To be prayed from March 1 to March 28, 2015 before the Post Communion Prayer in every Mass in the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan
Lord of Peace, we come to You in our need
Create in us an awareness
of the massive forces of violence and terrorism
that threaten our world today.
Grant us a sense of urgency
to activate the forces of goodness, of justice,
of love and of peace in our communities.
Where there is armed conflict,
let us stretch out our arms to our
brothers and sisters.
Where there is abundance and luxury,
let there be simple lifestyle and sharing.
Where there is poverty and misery,
let there be dignified living and constant striving for just structures.
Where there is selfish ambition, let there be humble service.
Where there is injustice, let there be humble atonement.
Where there is despair, let there be hope in the Good News.
Where there are wounds of division, let there be unity and wholeness.
Where there are lies and deceit, let your Truth set us all of us free.
Where there are thoughts of vengeance, let there be healing and forgiveness.
Help us to be committed to the Gospel of peace.
In spite of our differences in faith traditions and ethnic roots,
Teach us Your spirit of mercy and compassion.
For it is only in loving imitation of you, Lord of Peace,
that we can discover the healing springs of life
that will bring about new birth to our earth
a new era of peace
and a new harmony among all
Forever and ever. Amen.