Ways to Engage on September
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.
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.
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
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: www.idpvigil.com 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.