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Ways to Engage on September 21
International Day of Prayer for Peace

FOREST PARK, IL , September 8, 2008-- The Dominican Justice promoters and DLC Communicators encourage you to participate in the International Day of Prayer for Peace, September 21st and join Dominicans around the world. Lots of ideas and resources are available. This year, join those who will make origami doves and cranes.

This important day offers Dominicans the opportunity to create practical acts of peace and public witness. Many are planning to make origami doves and peace cranes as a public sign. Below are instructions on how to make them. Make as many doves or cranes as you like and display them in groups on porches, from trees, clothes lines, in hallways and on lawns.

The International Day of Prayer for Peace was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly.

By creating the International Day of Peace, the UN devoted itself to world- wide peace and encouraged all of humankind to work in cooperation for this goal.  Since its inception, Peace Day has marked our personal and planetary progress toward peace.  It has grown to include millions of people in all parts of the world and each year events are organized to commemorate and celebrate this day.

Carlos Azpiroz CostaMaster of the Order, Carlos Azpiroz Costa, OP , has encouraged us to join with Dominicans around the world and demonstrate our solidarity and common efforts toward a peaceful world. Every Dominican community is encouraged to plan for and engage in public witness prayer events and gatherings.

International Day of Peace is also a Day of Ceasefire—personal or political.  Consider taking this opportunity to make peace in your own relationships as well as impact the larger conflicts of our time.  Imagine what a whole day of Ceasefire would mean to humanity and Earth.

Suggested ways to participate:

  • Pray the Rosary together as a community, in keeping with the encouragement of the Master of the Order's call to rededicate ourselves to this form of prayer. (more info) Use the prayers in the resources listed below.
  • Participate in The International Day of Peace Vigil which is meant to encourage worldwide, 24 hour spiritual observations for peace and nonviolence on the International Day of Peace, September 21st.   Plan a 24 hour spiritual event, or observe a moment of silence, ring church bells, or rededicate a Peace Pole.  Go to: for more information and register your event.

  • Make Origami Peace Cranes or Doves and hang them in a public place. (don't know how? see below)

  • Send a letter to your elected representative reminding him/her about the Peace Day Cease Fire.  Go to Global Ceasefire for more information.

Wrap the World

How to make an Origami Peace Dove (PDF)

How to make an Origami Crane (PDF)

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Dominican communities are highly encouraged to plan for and engage in public witness prayer events.

Ways to Pray
Hang Origami Doves or Cranes

Ring Bells
Gather around a peace pole
Light Candles
Candles in window at night
Invite other Dominicans to join you
Invite friends
Walk in procession to a public park
Stand on the street corner
Hang Banners
Hold a holy hour
Pray the Rosary
Hang a banner

Places to Gather
Social Service Centers
Day Care Centers
Retreat Centers
Federal Building
Public Park
Bus Stop
Subway Entrance

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