Our Father who art in Heaven,
you want us your children to build a new earth of sisterhood and brotherhood, not a hell of violence and death.
Holy be your name,
that in your name Lord, let there be no abuse, no oppression and no manipulation of the conscience and liberty of your children.
Your kingdom come,
not the kingdom of fear, force or money, of seeking peace through war.
Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven,
in this land of ours and in sister lands which echo with gunfire and cries of fear.
Give us this day our daily bread,
the bread of peace, Lord, so that we can sow our maize and beans, watch them grow and share them together as a family.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Do not let our relationships be based on self-interest. Let us change laments for songs of life, clenched fists for outstretched hands and the weeping of widows and orphans for smiles.
Lead us not into temptation,
the temptation to conform, to do nothing: the temptation not to collaborate with you in the search for justice and peace.
But deliver us from evil,
from behaving like Cain to our brothers and sisters, from believing ourselves rulers over life and death.
For yours is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory.
You are our hope of salvation, in you we place our trust.
Prayer: El Salvador, a group of refugees