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Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs Observe
International Day of Peace With Two Prayer Services
COLUMBUS, OH-- On September 21, 2006, The first service was held during
the day at the congregation's Mohun Health Care Center and focused
on the theme "Wrap the World in Prayer for Peace."
Prior to the special service, several staff members assisted some
Sister residents in preparing small globes for each resident and staff
member. A ribbon with the words "Wrap the world in Prayer for
Peace" was attached to each replica of the earth, and labels
with the names of resident and staff members were affixed to be sure
that each would receive one. Those able to attend the short noontime
prayer service in the Chapel received their globes at that time, and
following the service the remainder were delivered to those who could
not attend. All were encouraged to use the small globe as a reminder
to pray for peace in the world and to hold the needs of all people
of the Earth in prayer.
Also in recognition of the International Day of Peace, maps of the
various continents were marked with Dominican shields to signify those
places in the world where Dominican Sisters minister. Mohun Health
Care Center prayed for an end to violence, for the reign of God's
justice and peace, and for the ministries of the Dominican family
across the globe.
Sr. Adrienne Colson, OP, marks the map of the world with Dominican
shields signifying the locales where Dominican Sisters minister.
That evening, St. Mary of the Springs held an additional prayer service
in their Motherhouse Chapel, inviting Motherhouse residents as well
as Sisters, Associates, and staff from throughout the area to attend.
A powerful ritual employed water as both a symbol of the common Christian
baptism and the source of life for all peoples and all of Creation.
Salt was added to symbolize the sorrow and tears of our broken world.
The hymn "Healing River of the Spirit" was sung as a prayerful
response. Sr. Barbara Kane, OP, preached on Isaiah 57:15-19, and intercessions
were prayed on behalf of all the world, particularly those areas plagued
by violence and oppression. The assembly left the chapel singing "This
is My Song" and feeling empowered to preach God's healing love
to all and help bring about peace in the world.:
Sr. Barbara Kane, of St. Mary of the Springs,
preached at the evening prayer service observing the International
Day of Peace.
Stressballs shaped as globes were used as a prayer symbol, so that
individuals could literally "hold the world" in prayer.
Sr. Venard Kessler helps prepare globes for Mohun Health Care Center's
observance of the International Day of Peace.