We ask for blessings on all those who have served their country in the armed forces.
We ask for healing for the veterans who have been wounded,
in body and soul, in conflicts around the globe.
We pray especially for the young men and women,
in the thousands,
who are coming home from Iraq with injured bodies and traumatized spirits.
Bring solace to them, O Lord;
may we pray for them when they cannot pray.
We ask for, echoing John Paul II,
an end to wars and the dawning of a new era of peace,
As a way to honor all the veterans of past wars.
Have mercy on all our veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq,
Bring peace to their hearts and peace to the regions they fought in.
Bless all the soldiers who served in non-combative posts;
May their calling to service continue in their lives in many positive ways.
Give us all the creative vision to see a world which,
grown weary with fighting,
Moves to affirming the life of every human being and so moves beyond war.
Hear our prayer,
O Prince of Peace,
hear our prayer.
Don't forget to thank a veteran today!