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JECI-MIEC wanted to go to Ukraine and have a Colloquium there… unfortunately, we had to cancel this event. It was planned that the event started on Sunday, 23rd of March – since we could not come to Ukraine, we propose to hold a prayer on that day in your movement. Ideally at 19:00am so that you can be sure, that elsewhere in Europe as well, students are joining your prayer – (but: if 19:00am is no good time, feel free to choose another time or even date).

 

If you can have a mass for this occasion, that would be great – in this case pray for Ukraine and our friends from OBNOVA after the Creed in the intentions. If you can´t have a mass and have to “organize” a prayer on your own, the following suggestion might be helpful:

1) Taizé-Song: Dans nos obscurité

Light a candle (or several candles) while you sing this song

2) Psalm: 130 [here´s the English translation:

1 Out of the depths I cry to you, LORD;
Lord, hear my voice.

2 Let your ears be attentive 
to my cry for mercy.

3 If you, LORD, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?

4 But with you there is forgiveness,
so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

5 I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.

6 I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning.

7 Israel, put your hope in the LORD,
for with the LORD is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.

8 He himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins.]

3) Reading: Mt 5,3-12 – the beatitudes

4) a song; for example: Ubi caritas

5) silence

Although God never stops trying to communicate with us, this is never in order to impose. The voice of God is often heard only in a whisper, in a breath of silence. Remaining in silence in God’s presence, open to the Holy Spirit, is already prayer.

6) intentions (for example: for justice and peace in Ukraine; for courage and comfort for ourfriends from OBNOVA; for a peaceful solution of the conflict with Russia; for the victims of the demonstrations, their families and friends)

7) There should exist a translation of the following prayer in (almost) all languages, we are sure you´ll find a translation as well in your language.

Seigneur, faites de moi un instrument de votre paix.
Là où il y a de la haine, que je mette l’amour.
Là où il y a l’offense, que je mette le pardon.
Là où il y a la discorde, que je mette l’union.
Là où il y a l’erreur, que je mette la vérité.
Là où il y a le doute, que je mette la foi.
Là où il y a le désespoir, que je mette l’espérance.
Là où il y a les ténèbres, que je mette votre lumière.
Là où il y a la tristesse, que je mette la joie.

Ô Maître, que je ne cherche pas tant à être consolé qu’à consoler, à être compris qu’à comprendre, à être aimé qu’à aimer, car c’est en donnant qu’on reçoit, c’est en s’oubliant qu’on trouve, c’est en pardonnant qu’on est pardonné, c’est en mourant qu’on ressuscite à l’éternelle vie.

O Signore, fa' di me uno strumento della tua Pace:

Dove è odio, fa' ch'io porti l'Amore.
Dove è offesa, ch'io porti il Perdono.
Dove è discordia, ch'io porti l'Unione.
Dove è dubbio, ch'io porti la Fede.
Dove è errore, ch'io porti la Verità.
Dove è disperazione, ch'io porti la Speranza.
Dove è tristezza, ch'io porti la Gioia.
Dove sono le tenebre, ch'io porti la Luce.
O Maestro, fa' ch'io non cerchi tanto:
Essere consolato, quanto consolare.
Essere compreso, quanto comprendere.
Essere amato, quanto amare.
Poiché è

Dando, che si riceve;
Perdonando, che si è perdonati;
Morendo, che si resuscita a Vita Eterna.

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

 8) Our father

 9) Concluding song: for example Stay with us