Prayer for Peace (Peace before us)

This meditative song about peace was written by American Roman Catholic composer and liturgical musician David Haas (b 1957).  The words are reportedly based on a Navaho Indian prayer.   The song was first published in 1987.

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 the song as the basis for body-work, meditation and yoga-style forms of prayer, as shown here.

In 2020, dozens of women accused Haas of serious misconduct.  Following investigations he issued a public apology. (More here - includes disturbing materials).  GIA Publications and others stopped publishing his work:  Sheet music is not available for his songs, and many videos have been removed. Some American Catholic dioceses have asked members to stop using his work.  This was suggested by his victims, who may find singing his compositions traumatic.  So far, few church organisations outside the USA have officially spoken about the issue.   However individual churches and musicians may want to consider whether to use his material.  Alternatives for this song include:
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Examples

Solo singer, piano accompaniment:


Original recording:


Lyrics

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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Peace before us, peace behind us, peace under our feet.
Peace within us, peace over us, let all around us be peace.

Love before us, love behind us, love under our feet.
Love within us, love over us, let all around us be love.

Light before us, light behind us, light under our feet.
Light within us, light over us, let all around us be light.

Christ before us, Christ behind us, Christ under our feet.
Christ within us, Christ over us, let all around us be Christ.

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

Peace before us, peace behind us, peace under our feet.
Peace within us, peace over us, let all around us be peace.

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