1 : a state of tranquillity or quiet: as a : freedom from civil disturbance b : a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom 2 : freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions 3 :harmony in personal relations 4 a : a state or period of mutual concord between governments b : a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity 5 —used interjectionally to ask for silence or calm or as a greeting or farewell
This second candle is the reminder in peace, that Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Peace is one of God's gifts to us. John the Baptist was a prophet calling Israel to repent, to find peace with God. John also declared that it is within our actions of love and justice that God's peace is shown. May we by our actions help to prepare the way for the coming Peace.
A Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, Make us instruments of your Peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is sadness, joy; and where there is darkness, light. Grant that we may not seek so much to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, in pardoning that we are pardoned, and in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.