We Pray for Peace

As a human being, let alone as a Christian, my fervent prayer is for peace and an end to war and violence in all of its forms. I support fully the recent House of Bishops’ statement in which they call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and Israel, quoted here ‘With the onset of Israel’s ground offensive into Rafah, we call for an immediate ceasefire. The relentless bombardment of Gaza and its huge cost in civilian lives and civilian infrastructure must stop. The manner in which this war is being prosecuted cannot be morally justified.’


When I lead prayers in the cathedral at Evensong (and in my personal prayers) I pray the following:

We pray for peace.

‘Almighty God who is the author of all peace and concord we pray for the peace and well-being of all nations of the world. We pray for peace in the holy cities of Jerusalem and Bethlehem, we pray for peace in Gaza and Israel, Ukraine, Russia, Yemen, South Sudan and the very many nations and regions of the world blighted by war and violence. We pray for an immediate cease fire in all of these regions, that men, women and children who live under the shadow of violence may live without fear of bomb or bullet and rest peacefully in their homes at night. We ask this for the sake of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Saviour. Amen.’

Truro Cathedral has a Chapel for Unity and Peace and this has been a place where over decades, people of all faiths and none have spent time, gathered and prayed for peace in the world amidst the many conflicts that are happening. This is a place for anyone who wishes to offer prayers and hopes for a better and a more peaceful world.

Dean Simon