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Catholic Prayer: Book of Blessings: Prayers for Interfaith Gatherings


570 These prayers may be used to begin and conclude gatherings of Christians and those of other religious traditions.

571 Other prayers may also be used. However, care should be taken to see that prayers which are used do not offend the religious sensibilities of those who are present.


572 Prayers of invocation

A) Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation, whose goodness fills our hearts with joy. Blessed are you, who have brought us together this day to work in harmony and peace. Strengthen us with your grace and wisdom for you are God for ever and ever. R. Amen.

B) In you, Lord our God, all things have their beginning, continuation, and end. Grace us with your saving presence, aid us with your constant help and let us glorify you, now and for ever. R. Amen.

C) Lord, may everything we do begin with your inspiration and continue with your help, so that all our prayers and works may begin in you and by you be happily ended. Glory and praise to you, for ever and ever. R. Amen.

573 Blessings

A) May the God of every grace and blessing grant you joy and peace. May you rejoice in God's protection, now and for ever. R. Amen.

B) May God strengthen you and bring your work to completion. May hope accompany your journey through the days to come. May God's abiding presence be with you all the days of your life. R. Amen.

C) May the Lord bless you and keep you. May his face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May he look upon you with kindness and give you his peace. R. Amen.

Prayer Source: Book of Blessings by Prepared by International Commission on English in the Liturgy A Joint Commission of Catholic Bishops' Conferences, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1989
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