"WE are all unique beings with our own cultures, traditions, customs and beliefs. Peace does not require that we all be the same. A true culture of peace is built when we come to understand and respect our differences and appreciate our diversity. It is like an orchestra with the sounds of various instruments playing together to create a beautiful harmony."
The World Peace Prayer Society
Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary welcomed and hosted 20 representatives of indigenous and faith traditions last May 18, 2014, for a continuing symphony of peace prayers, which was started in 2005 at the Fuji Sanctuary in Japan.
Since then, on every third Sunday of May, this unique ceremony gathers people from diverse religions and cultures to pray with one voice for peace on Earth. It is now celebrated in 52 countries with over one million participants joining the movement worldwide.
It was a rainy and cold day in Baguio, but the interfaith gathering built a warmth and unity among the participants who took turns to offer their own prayers for peace in a beautiful and moving Symphony of Peace Prayers. Prayers for all Nations, for Oneness of all Living Things and for the Four Directions were offered.
A final ritual was to bless and hang a mandala for the aversion of natural calamities. This flag hangs on the west side of the Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary, and shall be passed on to another host in Baguio, after one month. The sanctuary is also home to a peace pole with the words "May Peace Prevail on Earth". This peace pole is one of over two hundred thousand Peace Poles in the world, carrying the message of peace in different languages.
"May Peace Prevail on Earth"