Prayer for Peace (Peace before us)

This hymn was written by American Roman Catholic composer and liturgical musician David Haas, based on a Navaho Indian prayer. It was first published in 1987.

Sheet music is currently available from GIA in the As Water to the Thirsty" collection, and as a separate octavo from Sheet Music Plus.

The deceptively simple tune has a 3/4 time signature. In the key of F the first few notes are A F GA.

The text is also simple: each verse invokes something (peace, love, light etc), in all possible directions (before, behind, under our feet, within, over, all around). As such, people have used as the basis for body-work, meditation and yoga-style forms of prayer, as shown here.



Solo singer, piano accompaniment:

Original recording:


The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website.  A rough outline is:
1 Peace before us, peace behind us, peace under our feet.
Peace within us, peace over us, let all around us be peace.

2. Love before us ...

3. Light before us,

4. Christ before us, ...

5. Alleluia, alleluia, alle, alleluia.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleu, alleluia.

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