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Iraq Peace Vigil at Holy Cross Monasteries, Sat. Oct. 6

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Let’s start with this prayer for peace in the Middle East:

Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, especially the United States, Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel and Iran; that in tranquility your dominion may increase until the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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Holy Cross Monastery, located in West Park, NY, and Mount Calvary Monastery, located in Santa Barbara, CA, will be offering a Prayer Vigil for Peace in conjunction with the Christian Peace Witness for Iraq on Saturday, October 6, 2007. As the war in Iraq continues, Christians of all denominations and from all over the nation are joining together to pray for an end to the bloodshed in Iraq. In both Washington, DC and in local communities, Christians are gathering to pray for peace, for our troops, and for all the war dead and injured. Christians are working together to call for an end to the warfare and for a just rebuilding of the infrastructure of Iraq.

The Order of the Holy Cross in the United States, as well as in South Africa and Canada, have united their efforts to pray for peace in a day long vigil. The Order of the Holy Cross is a Benedictine community of peace embracing God’s world through prayer, love and work in the creative, healing life of Christ.

Brother Bede Thomas Mudge, OHC, Prior of Holy Cross Monastery, said that “It was essential that Christians of all denominations gather together to pray to God our earnest longing for peace and our concern for all those affected by the war.” In addition, Brother Robert Sevinsky, OHC, Prior of Mount Calvary, said, “We hope and pray that Iraq can be rebuilt and restored quickly and justly.” The Order of the Holy Cross decided that a day-long vigil for peace, in which the general public was invited to join in prayer with them, would be a most appropriate way to mark the day.

In West Park, NY, at Holy Cross Monastery, area churches of many denominations have been invited to attend all or any part of the vigil.

The vigil schedule in West Park is as follows:

Saturday, October 6, 2007
7:00 AM – 7:00 PM Silent Vigil of Prayer for Peace. Participants are invited to join with us in prayer in the Church of St. Augustine at Holy Cross Monastery.

Join us for any of our Offices or the Eucharist:
7:00 AM Matins
8:30 AM Eucharist
12:00 PM Diurnum
5:00 PM Vespers

The silent vigil will resume after each of the Offices.

Bell Tolling on the hour: We will toll our bell in memory of all the war dead every hour on the hour during the vigil. We ask you to join us in prayer, remembering all those who have lost their lives in the war.

7:30 PM – Peace Liturgy: A special liturgy in which the general public is invited to participate. The monastic community and ministers of area churches and religious orders will lead the Peace Liturgy. All are invited to join with us as we pray for peace in Iraq.

The Vigil Schedule in Santa Barbara is as follows:

Saturday, October 6, 2007:

Vigil begins at 7:00 am with the Office of Lauds and concludes at 5:00 pm with the Office of Vespers. At 12:00 noon a Votive Eucharist for Peace will be celebrated. The silent vigil will resume after each office.

For more information on the Order of the Holy Cross’s Vigil for Peace, please visit holycrossmonastery.com or contact Brother James Michael Dowd n/OHC at james@hcmnet.org or call 845-384-6660 x3028.

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