Archive for the ‘World Shift Day’ Category


Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

The Chapel at Croton Falls in Westchester, NY celebrated its third annual Symphony of Peace Prayers on Sunday, May 19, 2013. The joyful event, organized by WPPS UN Representative Deborah Moldow, who is an ordained Interfaith Minister, included peace prayers of many faiths.

A Native American prayer and an Elk Song were offered by Grandmother SilverStar, who has been a frequent honored guest at World Peace Sanctuary events, and Naomi Schmidt, the longtime designer of the Global Link Newsletter, gave a Buddhist reflection. Peace Representative Angelica Cubides offered a special prayer and Japanese WPPS members Yuji Hiraiwa and Mitzi Marume performed the Divinity “IN.” Additional prayers were offered by Caren Ellis Fried (Jewish), Pastor Hans Hallundbaek (Christian), and Sunera Rahman (Muslim).


The flag of every nation was then raised in turn, and everyone said “May Peace Be in [that country].” Three prayers were said for the United States as a former Marine raised the flag. Finally, with all flags raised high and pointed toward Grandmother SilverStar holding the Earth Flag, everyone closed the ceremony with “May Peace Prevail on Earth” three times and a long silence to hold the energy.

Chapel organist June Tompkins played “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” and all gathered sang while holding hands and sharing a circle of love, light and peace. All commented on the beauty of the event and the powerful feeling of unity. Sunera Rahman said, “This feels so good I wish I could do it every day!”


Friday, June 29th, 2012

May 20, 2012

The interfaith team at the Chapel at Croton Falls hosted a Symphony of Peace Prayers on Sunday, May 20, 2012 as a special edition of its regular Interfaith Sundays. The service began with prayers for peace led by representatives of diverse faiths, including Rev. Hans Hallundbaek (Christian), Rabbi Shoshana Mitrani-Knapp (Jewish), Renuka Kumar (Hindu), and Sunera Rahman (Muslim), as well as a special demonstration of Japanese prayers by members of Byakko Shinko Kai. Then everyone took part in a World Peace Prayer Ceremony with the flags of all nations. A regular member of the congregation was moved to tears as she led the prayer for her native Vanuatu, raising its flag for the first time since leaving her home country many years ago. All were touched by profound beauty of the ceremony, which seemed to float on a cloud of chanting “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” sustained by kirtan player Miriam Zernis of Sita’s Light.

The Peace Pals Art Exhibition was also on display at the chapel, providing endless delight to the participants. Everyone appreciated not only the charming work by so many talented children but also the wide range of countries and cultures represented.

One Life, One Mind, One Spirit on World Shift Day – WorldBeat Cultural Center-San Diego, CA – USA

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

May 20th, 2012

One Life, One Mind, One Spirit on World Shift Day.
A call to unite our hearts as one, in prayer and drumming

World Peace Ceremony with an inauguration of the Peace Pole.

Lead by Joanne Tawfilis – Commissioner, US National Commission to UNESCO

In observance of the Solar Eclipse at 2pm

A Free Community Event
Protect WorldBeat Center with prayers for peace.


Interfaith Peace Prayer Ceremony Held at Chapel at Croton Falls, NY-USA

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

May 22nd, 2011

A World Peace Prayer Ceremony was the powerful finale to a “Symphony of Peace Prayers” event hosted on May 22, 2011 by the Chapel at Croton Falls as one of its monthly Interfaith Sundays. Organized by WPPS UN Representative Deborah Moldow, who is one of the ministers at the church, the event featured beautiful Native American, Baha’i, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim peace prayers that were led by distinguished representatives of each tradition and read together by everyone.

Participants included WPPS Peace Representatives Monica Willard and Angelica and Carlos Cubides, as well as New York members Mitzi Marume, Akiko Imaizumi, and Yuji Hiraiwa, who offered special prayers.

Music was provided by students from the Harvey School Music Ensemble and Middle School Chorus, organized by Rev. Melanie Gambino, who teaches there.

The little chapel was filled to capacity with participants who all joined in the World Peace Prayer Ceremony to send their peace prayers around the world.

The Global Peace Meditation and Prayer Day – WORLD SHIFT DAY – Sautee, Georgia-USA

Friday, May 27th, 2011

May 22, 2011

We had a wonderful meditation under our favorite Peace Tree by the NoNuke’s Peace Pole. It is always awesome to meditate on the same day I know it is happening around the world.

May Peace Prevail On Earth!
AJ Wolff

Symphony of Peace Prayers at Mt. Fuji Sanctuary, Fujinomiya, Shizuoka, JAPAN

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

The Global Peace Meditation and Prayer Day – WORLD SHIFT DAY – May 16, 2010

The Symphony of Peace Prayer Day (SOPP) held at the Mt. Fuji Sanctuary was the commencement for World Shift Day, starting a ripple of meditation and prayer events around the world. Over ten-thousand people gathered on this day and sat outdoors at the foot of Mt. Fuji.

The skies were clear of clouds, blanketed by hues of blue as the sun blessed us with the assurance of a ‘new day dawning’ as people from all walks of life, culture and faiths joined us in prayer for the World Shift Day. Participants gathered from around the globe in the spirit of peace, harmony, compassion and love. For many it was their first time attending SOPP, for others it was coming home, as people reconnected with one another through warm embraces and conversations of peace and unity. On this day during the four hour Ceremony at the foothills of Mt. Fuji, attendees united as ONE, offering Prayers for Peace.

Mrs. Masami Saionji, Chairperson of Byakko began the ceremony by welcoming everyone to the sacred land of Fuji Sanctuary. Mrs. Sainonji, kindly informed the participants that the prayers on this day would envelop all the people who we are close to and whom we meet every day in our lives with a wondrous light. She went on to say, “’Symphony of Peace Prayers’ is a powerful, light-filled phrase that contains within it a wish, a vision, and a mission for humanity to live in happiness, peace, health, and harmony, and for each individual to accomplish his or her sacred purpose in this world.”

Mr. Tomohiko Naya, President of Byakko gave the welcoming address. He offered gratitude to each and every one of us who came from around the world to participate in SOPP. In his address he said, “The essence of the SOPP is in praying together, transcending all religious boundaries. With respect for one another, gratitude for all existence, and a spirit of great harmony that is born from a loving and open heart, we will realize a world where we pray with one voice the peace prayers of different faiths and nations.”

Following a presentation of universal mudras by Byakko Shinko Kai.

Thousands of voices could be heard as we joined in prayer with the following religious leaders, spoken in their native languages:
Grand Imam, Mr. Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad – Islam
Fr. James Channan, O.P. – Christianity – Dominican Order
Mr. Mikinosuke Kakisaka – Shintoism
Mr. Shunkai Matsuura – Buddhism – Risshu
Mother Mangalam – Hinduism
Rabbi Ted Falcon, Ph.D. – Judaism
Pastor Don Mackenzie – Christianity
Sheikh Jamal Rahman – Islam Sufism

The breathtaking view of the flags, as each national flag was presented by flag bearers as they walked in beautiful formation as the prayers for peace for each country was spoken in its native language and recited by each and every voice. The 192 world countries and all the other regions of the world were prayed for on this day.

The grand finale left most of us with tears in our eyes, as the Universal Flag was displayed in a beautiful dance on the stage. After the sound of the bell, everyone together started to meditate on “Peace” by reciting May Peace Prevail On Earth for 1 minute with powerful intention.

Mr. Christopher Currell a musician and artist from the United States performed through his Cosmic instruments as he guided the audience in Universal Meditation through Cosmic Sounds and Music. He gave us the message, “Light is a creative source. The universe is an echo of the creative source…fundamentally a vibration. Everything is a result of a creative thought.”

This year we were joined by nine youth representatives from various parts of the world who have been inspired by the theme of SOPP and who plan on organizing local SOPP ceremonies in their home countries. They each spoke and left us with their messages of peace and hope for the future. Each is actively working for peace in a variety of fields.

Augusto Cuginotti – Brazil
Brian Dickson – Canada
Eric Roy – USA
Gavin James Morgan – Scotland
Judith Parishka – French Canada
Karoline Buys – Columbia/Germany
Nicolas Atallah – Palestine
Paola Pioltelli – Peru/Italy
Sandro Marcone – Peru

Ms. Yuka Saionji, Deputy Chairperson gave her closing remarks. Offering her gratitude to each and every one of us.

”From my personal perspective, I cannot begin to express the energy and vibrations which I felt. It was and is still awe inspiring to me and continues to bring me to a place of great joy when I remember that moment in which I will carry with me forever.”

May Peace Prevail on Earth
Jules Lamore

Global Peace Meditation and Prayer Day – WORLD SHIFT DAY – ITALY

Monday, June 7th, 2010

May 16, 2010

Sasha and Renato

“Understand the mystery that drives us to seek her, build the peace …
The secret is the joy …
The simple joy of harmony within and without..
May peace prevail on earth ..”