Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO



Christian and Muslim Pray for Peace

St. Mary’s Chapel (Jesmond Shrine) Saturday 30 June 2018


The annual Diocesan Christian / Muslim Women's event to 'Pray for Peace' took place at the ruined chapel to Our Lady, Jesmond on Saturday 30 June.


On Saturday 30 June 2018 about 55 Christian and Muslim women gathered at St. Mary's Chapel, Jesmond Dene for our annual Christian and Muslim women's prayer for peace. We listened to readings from St. Luke's Gospel and the Qu'ran about Mary’s visit from the angel. We listened to eachother's important prayers and we prayed for peace in our world. We finished by sharing a sign of peace with each other after a symbolic exchange of candles. The event was suitably rounded off by singing 'Make me an instrument of Your peace'.

We then moved on to share refreshments at Holy Name hall. There was a very friendly atmosphere among all the Christians and Muslims present and people were very happy with the event. The only complaint I heard was that we should publicise the event more, especially in the Anglican church and among young people, something which we will definitely take on board for next year.

In the hall we also learned more about each other's prayer practices, in particular the rosary and the Muslim tasbih. Muslims have many different names for God, e.g. the Creator, the Merciful One, the Most Holy, the Bestower of Peace, the Forgiver, etc. and Muslims focus on some of these when praying with the tasbih. As one Catholic lady said, "it's just like our litany." We also spoke about the Visitation and the Magnificat and linked that with our voluntary collection for Mary's Meals. "He fills the hungry with good things and sends the rich away empty." We sent £108.60 to Mary's Meals.

Some other comments included, "I liked the fact that we learned more about Mary this year" and a Muslim lady who had travelled all the way from Middlesborough said, "We need all the religions to get together and help build peace on earth; that is what we are really about."

On that topic, the annual 'Walk for Peace', organised by the Newcastle Council of Faiths, takes place this year on Saturday 15 September starting from the Hindu temple on the West Road at 10.00am and finishing at the Sikh Gurdwara about 12.45pm. A poster with further information can be found on the Diocesan Department for Interreligious Relations webpage.