Hopewell Council #7103
World Day of Prayer for Peace
Weekend of September 4-5th

The Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus resolved that September 11th be observed each year as a World Day of Prayer for Peace.  The Hopewell Council of the Knights of Columbus invites you to join them in a prayer for peace in remembrance of September 11th.


          On the days following the tragic loss of life on September 11, across the Nation, church services were overflowing during the week.  Churches were packed on the weekend as people tried to make sense of this tragedy.  As we remember the anniversary of 9/11, parishioners are offered the opportunity to demonstrate the power of prayer in promoting peace through quiet reflection and community prayer.  Peace is a gift from God and an essential part of Christian life.  However, if peace is indeed God’s gift, and has its source in Him, how can we build it if we fail to have a relationship with God?  To build peace requires a commitment to prayer and the belief that it is both necessary and attainable.

 God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world:

Peace in the hearts of all men and women

And peace among the nations of the earth.

Turn to your way of love

Those whose hearts and minds

Are consumed with hatred.



God of understanding,

Overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy,

We seek your light and guidance

As we confront such terrible events.

Grant that those whose lives were spared

May live so that the lives lost…

May not have been lost in vain.

Comfort and console us, strengthen us in hope,

And give us the wisdom and courage

To work tirelessly for a world

Where true peace and love reign

Among nations and in the hearts of all.

                                                Pope Benedict XVI

                                                Prayer Service at Ground Zero

                                                April 20, 2008


“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.” Mt 5;9

“In everything do to others as you would have them do to you.”  Mt 7:12 / Lk 6:31