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who art the Father of all people
from everlasting to everlasting;
suffer us not
to turn aside from Thy guidance
in the troublous times that afflict us.
Look with compassion upon Thy warring children.
Impel us, we pray,
to build bridges of understanding
across age-old hatreds and seething strife.
Grant renewed strength and insight, O God,
to all who seek world peace through the United Nations.
Bless those international servants
who have dedicated themselves
to work in council halls
and on far flung missions,
that the curse of war shall not again
scourge the human race.
Spur us to further the efforts of the United Nations
to feed the hungry,
to clothe the naked,
to heal the sick,
to teach Thy children everywhere
how to live a more abundant life.
Strike from the hearts of us
and of all people,
we beseech Thee,
in our own beloved and mighty land
to have mercy
and to walk humbly before Thee.
Show Thy children,
while there is yet time,
how to live together
in hope and peace
all their days.
This undated “Prayer for the United Nations” by the Hon. Lily H. Montagu (1873-1963) from the archives of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, London, was published in, Lily Montagu: Sermons, Addresses, Letters, and Prayers (ed. Ellen M. Umansky, 1985), pp. 357-358.
“A Prayer for the United Nations, by Lilian Helen Montagu” is shared through the Open Siddur Project with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International copyleft license.
Works of related interest:
Opening Prayer for United Nations Day, by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, J. Paul Williams, and Eugene Kohn (1951)
Closing Prayer for United Nations Day, by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, J. Paul Williams, and Eugene Kohn (1951)
💬 Preamble and Introduction to the United Nations Charter (1945) | מבוא לאמנת האומות המאוחדות (Hebrew trans., 1949)
💬 Universal Declaration of Human Rights | אַלװעלטלעכע דעקלאַראַציע פֿון מענטשנרעכט | הַכְרָזָה לְכׇל בָּאֵי עוֹלָם בִּדְבַר זְכֻיוֹת הָאָדָם | Deklarasion Universal de Derechos Umanos (1948)