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I humbly ask thee for thy help,
for my need is great.
Do thou grant peace unto my soul.
My days fly past in quick succession,
and are marked by happy expectations
or by grievous disappointments.
With thee, O Lord, is peace.
in the thought of thy constant love and pity
may I learn to find my rest.
I am weary
with trying to understand
the mysteries of sin and of evil
against which I so often struggle in vain.
Teach me to be still
and to wait patiently for Thee,
who art perfect in knowledge and goodness.
Grant abundant peace unto thy people for ever;
for thou art the sovereign Lord of all peace;
and may it be good in thy sight
to bless thy people
at all times
and at every hour
with thy peace.
Blessed art thou, O Lord,
who blessest thy children with peace.
Basil L.Q. Henriques’s prayers “For Peacefulness” were first published in The Fratres Book of Prayer for the Oxford and St. George’s Synagogue Jewish Lads Club in 1916, and later reprinted in the Prayer Book of the St. George’s Settlement Synagogue (1929), “Special Prayers” section, page 88. The prayer appears to be an expansion of the prayer for peace at the conclusion of the Amidah. –Aharon Varady
“[Prayers] for peacefulness, by Basil Lucas Quixano Henriques (1916)” is shared by the living contributor(s) with a Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication 1.0 Universal license.
Works of related interest:
“All adrift on the stream of life” a prayer for help and self-control by Rabbi Clifton Harby Levy (1927)