September 22, 2016, 1:13 PM
Monument at the hypocentre of the atomic bombing in Nagasaki - Photo by Dean S. Pemberton via Wikicommons
The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki took place 71 years ago, but their terrible legacy still hovers over all of humanity. In an effort to prevent future nuclear tragedies, every year on September 26, the world observes the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
According to the United Nations, "This Day provides an occasion for the world community to reaffirm its commitment to global nuclear disarmament as a high priority. It provides an opportunity to educate the public—and their leaders—about the real benefits of eliminating such weapons, and the social and economic costs of perpetuating them."
To mark this somber occasion with our shared conviction that the world will never again see the death and destruction that occurred in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons Cooperation Circle invites you to recite The Nuclear Prayer as a call for the abolition of all nuclear weapons.
Be part of a global chorus praying together to end nuclear madness.
Join with friends, neighbors, co-workers, members of your faith community and people around the world on September 26 to recite The Nuclear Prayer.
Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons Cooperation Circle invites you to view a short video which features our members, who include veterans of nuclear negotiations such as Secretary of State George Shultz, Secretary of Defense William Perry and Professor Sidney Drell, as they join together to recite The Nuclear Prayer.
Here is the prayer that we will recite:
The Beginning and the End are in your hands, O Creator of the Universe. And in our hands you have placed the fate of this planet. We, who are tested by having both creative and destructive power in our free will, turn to you in sober fear and in intoxicating hope. We ask for your guidance and to share in your imagination in our deliberations about the use of nuclear force. Help us to lift the fog of atomic darkness that hovers so pervasively over our Earth, Your Earth, so that soon all eyes may see life magnified by your pure light.
Bless all of us who wait today for your Presence and who dedicate ourselves to achieve your intended peace and rightful equilibrium on Earth. In the Name of all that is holy and all that is hoped. Amen.
The prominent figures featured in the video are:
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Add your voice: take a photo or video of yourself, friends, congregation, etc. reciting the prayer and email it to [email protected] or post it on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #TheNuclearPrayer.
The louder our voices ring, the sooner we can see change.
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