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Nostra Aetate Petitions

Nostra Aetate 40th Anniversary Observance Prayers of Petition
READER: We ask our Catholic brothers and sisters to stand and join in the sung response to these prayers of petition. Our friends from other religions may remain seated in silence.

CHOIR: (sung) “O God hear us, hear our prayer.”

READER: That the members of the Church, through dialogue and collaboration, carried out with prudence and love and in witness to the Christian faith and life, may recognize, preserve and promote the good things, spiritual and moral, as well as the socio-cultural values found in other religions, we pray …(sung) “O God hear us, hear our prayer.”

- Adapted from Nostra Aetate, #2

READER: That the Christian faithful, recognizing as foreign to the mind of Christ any discrimination against others based on race, color, condition of life, or religion, may “maintain good fellowship among the nations”(1 Peter 2:12) and live in peace with all people, we pray ... (sung) “O God hear us, hear our prayer.”

- Adapted from Nostra Aetate, #5

READER: That people of faith may place at the service of humanity their religious conviction, founded on the daily practice of listening to God’s message and encountering him in prayerful worship, we pray …(sung) “O God hear us, hear our prayer.”

–Adapted from Pope John Paul II’s address to a group of Christians, Muslims and Jews, Feb. 26, 1986

READER: That through respectful interreligious dialogue, our youth may be taught the ways of respect and understanding, so that they will not be led to misuse religion to promote or justify hatred and violence, we pray ... (sung) “O God hear us, hear our prayer.”

–Adapted from Pope John Paul II’s address on his visit to the Umayyad Great Mosque, May 6, 2001

READER: That as members of the one human family and as believers, we will realize our obligations to the common good, to justice and to solidarity, and that interreligious dialogue will lead to many forms of cooperation, especially in responding to the duty to care for the poor and weak, we pray ... (sung) “O God hear us, hear our prayer.”

–Adapted from Pope John Paul II’s address on his visit to the Umayyad Great Mosque, May 6, 2001

READER: That the Church will continue to build bridges of friendship with the followers of all religions, in order to seek the true good of every person and of society as a whole, we pray ... (sung) “O God hear us, hear our prayer.”

- Adapted from Pope Benedict XVI’s words of appreciation to the ecumenical and interreligious guests who attended his inaugural Mass, April 25, 2005

READER: That the memory of our beloved, late Holy Father John Paul II may be honored through the ongoing work of ecumenical and interreligious outreach, dialogue, and cooperation, to which the Holy Father witnessed with such dedication and vigor throughout his pontificate, we pray ... (sung) “O God hear us, hear our prayer.”

READER: That, during this anniversary year, God will bless the recommitment of the Archdiocese of Boston to the teaching of Nostra Aetate, so that, at every level in our church, we may live what we profess, we pray ... (sung) “O God hear us, hear our prayer.”

READER: That the members of the Massachusetts Interreligious Leaders Group will continue to work together to enhance mutual understanding and respect, support one another in matters of particular concern, collaborate on issues affecting the common good, and cooperate on relief efforts for the needy, we pray ... (sung) “O God hear us, hear our prayer.”