About the Prayer
The Prayer for Peace began to circulate in 1981 in England. Its source is not clearly known, and it has no ties with any single denomination or faith. From the outset it was apparent that its appeal was not confined to members of religions, but equally to humanists and agnostics and generally to those who believe in the power of positive thought. Within months of its appearance it had been adopted by many community and religous leaders and by their organisations. Within less than six months its worldwide circulation was announced by Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Just nine months later the prayer was being said by the 900 delegates at the Assembly of World Religions convened by the Patriarch of Moscow to coincide with the second United Nations Special Session on Disarmament - probably the first time the world's leading religions have ever prayed together the one prayer.
In this way, with a minimum of organisation, the prayer became familiar to, and daily appointments for countless thousands of people. When it was seen that interest in th Prayer continued beyond the Disarmament Conference steps were taken to encourage its continued circulation. A range of well designed cards, posters and other items were sold in aid of the Prayer, and also to make it easy for people to help with its circulation. International distribution began to increase dramatically, and by now several dozen translations of the Prayer had spontaneously appeared.
In some countries, including France, Germany and Holland, people began circulating material in their own language. In others, Russia, Brazil and Italy, cards were printed in their respective language and donated for distribution.
Throughout Eastern Europe the prayer has been translated frequently and made known through personal contact by travellers, peace delegations and visiting religious representatives. In America, Australia, New Zealand and other predominantly English speaking countries, the Prayer has been independently launched.
What else can be done?
For anyone in sympathy with The Prayer for Peace the most immediate contribution is his or her daily appointment for a minute at noon, or when ever. The Prayer can be introduced at vigils and services. Regular meditation groups could be arranged. The Prayer can be distributed through the magazines and news-letters of any organisation to which you belong. Copies can be displayed wherever appropriate and the words of the Prayer placed in the advertisment columns of local newspapers. Your local radio station can be asked to announce, or devote a silent minute to the Prayer each day (try contacting the religious programmes producer) Bells could be rung each day at noon in your town, village, college or whatever - to remember the Prayer. The Prayer can be offered aloud or in silence before meeting s or meals you attend.
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