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Prayers for Belfast

The Lord Mayor circulated a Prayer for Belfast, which he hopes will be embraced by worshippers of all denominations and will be adapted for all faiths. The prayer has been adapted in Irish, Jewish, Islam, Buddist, Baha'i and Hindu.

Prayer for Belfast

God of love whose love streams unceasingly and relentlessly to all, we cry to you for our city.
We pray for peace on our streets, for economic well-being, for understanding across our differences.
Build us as one community, though diverse, that being reconciled to you we might be reconciled to one another.
Lord, turn our hearts to you that your glory might dwell in this city
In the name of Jesus, who is Lord of all.

Amen

Irish

A Dhia na páirte, agus do ghrá ina thuile gan stad gan staonadh orainn, glaoimid ort ar son na cathrach s'againn.
Iarraimid ciúnas sráide, folláine tís, tuigse don chomharsa, ainneoin a raibh eadrainn.Aon phobal amháin muid, más éagsúil, agus in athmhuintearas leat bímis muinteartha dá chéile.     A Thiarna, dírigh ár gcroíthe ort le go mairfeadh do ghlóir fud fad an bhaile.In ainm Íosa, Flaith na nUileÁiméan

Jewish

עֵץ חַיִים הִיא לַמַּחֲזִיקִים בָּהּ וְתֹמְכֶיהָ מְאֻשָּׁר. דְּרָכֶיהָ דַּרְכֵי נֹעַם וְכָל נְתִיבוֹתֶיהָ שָׁלוֹם.

יְהִי רָצֹו­­ן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ יְיָ אֱ-לֹהֵינוּ וֵא-לֹהֵי אֲבֹותֵינוּ שֶׁתִּתְמַלֵא רַחֲמִים עָלֵינוּ, וַעֲשֵׂה לְמַעַן אֲבֹותֵינוּ הַקְּדֹושִׁים, לְבַטֵל מֵעָלֵינוּ כָּל גְּזֵירֹות קָשׁוֹת וְרָעֹות וּבְצֵל כְּנָפֶיךָ תַּסְתִירֵנוּ. שָׁמְרֵנוּ מִכָּל צָרָה וּמִכָּל פַּחַד וּמִכָּל חֹלִי, וְנִהְיֶה מְיוּשָׁבִים בְּדַעְתֵּנוּ.

אֲבִינוּ שֶׁבַּשָׁמַיִם תֵּן בְּלִבָּם שֶׁל כָּל הַיֹועֲצִים וְהַמַּנְהִיגִים רוּחַ חָכְמָה וּבִינָה לְהַחֲזִיק שְׁלֹום הָעִיר וְשַׁלְוַת עַמָּה לַעֲשׂוֹת חֶסֶד וֶאֱמֶת עִם כָּל הַתֹּושָׁבִים, וְנֹאמַר אָמֵן:

Translation

It is a tree of life to those who cleave to it, and happy are those who support it. Its ways are ways of pleasantness and all its paths are peace.

May it be Your will, Eternal, our God and God of our Forefathers, that You show us compassion and act for the sake of our holy Forefathers, to cancel all harsh and evil decrees against us and shelter us in the shadow of Thy wings. Protect us against any adversity, fright or illness so that we may have tranquility in our minds.Heavenly Father, bestow in the hearts of the advisors and leaders of the community a spirit of wisdom and understanding to maintain peace and the welfare of all the people and to act in kindness and truth with all who dwell within; and let us say, Amen.

Islamic

Oh Allah, one of your name`s meaning is PEACE , we pray to you Spreader of Peace among us.Oh Lord, you are Bestower of Security, Bestow Security on us. Oh Allah, you are Protector, protect us from bad things. Oh Allah, you are Guider, guide us so we can live with peace.Oh Allah, you are the light of the world, give us light for good life.Oh Allah, one of your name is The Patient, give us patience to accommodate each other. Oh Allah, you also called Forgiver, grant us the power so we can forgive each other`s mistakes.

Oh Allah, you are the judge of the world, give us guidance for judging each other in a best way.

Buddhist blessing

May unceasing love embrace all in our city,
In peace and well-being may we bridge our differences with understanding,
May we call forth the nobility of spirit that can inspire and support us to live as one community celebrating our diversity.

Baha’i

O my God!  O my God!  Unite the hearts of Thy servants, and reveal to them Thy great purpose.  May they follow Thy commandments and abide in Thy law.  Help them, O God, in their endeavour, and grant them strength to serve Thee.  O God!  Leave them not to themselves, but guide their steps by the light of Thy knowledge, and cheer their hearts by Thy love.  Verily, Thou art their Helper and their Lord.

Bahá’u’lláh

Hindu

देहि सौभाग्यमारोग्यं
देहि मे परमं सुखम् |
रूपं देहि जयं देहि
यशो देहि द्विषो जहि ||
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

Dehi Saubhagyamaarogyam
Dehi Me Paramam Sukham |
Roopam Dehi Jayam Dehi
Yasho Dehi Dvisho Jahi ||
OM Shanti Shanti Shanti !

Oh Lord
Give us good fortune (luck)
Give us good health
Give us the utmost happiness
Give us the beauty
Give us the victory
Give us the fame
Please don't give us hatred and animosity  

Give us peace, peace and peace. 

Chaplains

The Lord Mayor has appointed chaplains of the city to work with him during his year in office:

Catholic

Father Desi Wilson

Presbyterian

Reverend Bill Shaw, 174 Trust

Church of Ireland

Reverend John Mann, Dean of Belfast

Methodist

Reverend Harold Agnew

Jewish

Rabbi David Singer

Islamic

Sheikh Mohammed El Rashidi

Baha’i

Susan Agahi

Buddhist

Ryushin Paul Haller

Hindu

Ashok Sharma

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Hans Borghmans


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