the angels who announced your birth
sang of peace; and Mary your mother
treasured their words in her heart.
Today we strive to bring about a world
where all your children live free
from the threat of violence and war.
May we be lovers of peace,
givers and creators of hope.
We long for the time
when those who go hungry are filled with good things
and the lowly are raised high.
May we be inspired by your love,
to transform weapons of war into tools of peace.