International Day of Prayer for Peace

A collection of Prayers for Peace

During the Decade to Overcome Violence, prayers for the International Day of Prayer for Peace were collected from a variety of denominations and countries:

A collection of prayers from Africa - 2010

A collection of prayers from the Caribbean - 2009

A collection of prayers from the Pacific - 2008

A collection of prayers from Europe - 2007

A collection of prayers from Latin America - 2006

A collection of prayers for peace - 2005

A collection of prayers for peace - 2004

We also encourage you to use the resources prepared for World Sunday for Peace, 22 May 2011, especially the prayer for peace written by the Caribbean hosts of the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation. It is available in more than 20 languages. As a follow-up to the IEPC, the WCC has asked the participants to offer a prayer for IDPP 2011. These prayers can be found at

Vigil for Peace - Order of Service

You may use and adapt the resources below which were put together in view of a prayer service held at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva:

Order of Service (pdf, 37 KB)

Order of Service (pdf, 34 Kb)

Order of Service (pdf, 32 Kb)

On Earth Peace

Several orders of service for Day of Prayer observances and public vigils as well as a bibliography of related books are available at They have been collected by On Earth Peace, an agency rooted in the Church of the Brethren in the United States.

DVD: Peace One Day

The DVD: Peace One Day film project began as the vision of British director Jeremy Gilley. Launched in 1999, with the support of countless individuals and organisations, the film documented and inspired the establishment of the United Nations International Day of Peace as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, now fixed in the calendar as 21 September annually.
The DOV Coordination Office recommends this DVD to be part of the day's program. read more...


Song for Peace

"Song for Peace" highlights the power of peace: A hopeful Song of Healing Chosen to Highlight US Focus for DOV in 2004.

A collection of Bible verses for reflection on peace

 Suggested Biblical texts for reflection:

  • Psalm 51: 10-17
  • Psalm 85
  • Ephesians 2: 11-22
  • Romans 14: 19-15: 7
  • Matthew 5: 3-12
  • John 14: 23-31
  • John 20: 19-23
  • Isaiah 60: 17-22
  • Gal 5: 22-25
  • Rom 12: 18-21
  • James 3:18