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Posted:  18 Jul 2006 20:54
Hello all - I am trying to find a setting of the Prayer of St. Francis that I had a long time ago...it is in E-Flat Minor...it's for piano and voice...the refrain is "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace....Lord, make me an instrument of your peace."  The song starts right into the first verse (after a 4 or 8 bar intro) "Where there is hatred, let me bring love...where there is injury let me bring pardon...)  I think the song was written in the early 1990s...I can't remember the composer, but at the top of the page I remember the composer said he was writing this for a friend's wedding Mass.  ANY help is greatly appreciated!!  Pls. email me at ernstgang@yahoo.com
Posted:  22 Jul 2006 02:38
I don't know if this is the song you're looking for, but I heard a version recorded in South Africa in the early 1990s by either Maranatha or Integrity Singers.  I think it was sung by the Johannesburg Boys Choir. The lyrics were:

Lord, Make us instruments of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let your love increase
Lord, make us instruments of your peace,
Walls of pride and prejudice shall cease
When we are your instruments of peace.

Where there is hatred, we will show his love
Where there is injury, we will never judge
Where there is striving, we will speak his peace
To the millions crying for release,
We will be his instruments of peace

Lord, Make us instruments of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let your love increase
Lord, make us instruments of your peace,
Walls of pride and prejudice shall cease
When we are your instruments of peace.

Where there is blindness, we will pray for sight
where there is darkness, we will shine his light
Where there is sadness, we will bear their grief
To the millions crying for relief,
We will be your instruments of peace.
Posted:  04 Aug 2006 12:17
Fatastic this is the song I have being looking for some months. I really happy because this time I used the good road.
Posted:  09 Aug 2006 13:06
Make me a channel of your peace
where there is hatred let me bring your love:
Where there is injury, your pardon Lord;
and where there's doubt, true faith in you.

Chorus: O Master grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love wih all my soul.

Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there's despair in life let me bring hope;
Where there is darkness only light;
And where there's sadness, ever joy.

Make me a channel of your peace.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
In giving to all men that we receive.
And in dying that we're born to eternal life.

Sebastian Temple Copyright@Franciscan Communications 1967
Posted:  20 Apr 2007 01:56
This is an old song I learned in elementary school in the 60's. It has always been a favorite.  Just wanted to clarify that it wasn't written in the 1990's.  We sang it as a memorial when JFK was shot.
Posted:  07 Jun 2007 05:42
Does anyone know where this song can be downloaded or listened to? I heard the Johannesburg Boys choir version of it when i was growing up and havn't heard it since. Amy help would be great. email me at agnescheek@yahoo.com
Posted:  08 Jun 2007 05:37
Its really a wonderful song, thanks for the lyrics .
Posted:  14 Jun 2007 11:15
The song on the "Rejoice Africa" Integrity recording was based on the Prayer of St. Frances.  It was a beautiful rendition of the song and proves that the old hymns if appropriately updated to today's musical idioms still have much power.

I found this site while searching for the title "Instruments of Peace" to use as a domain name for a Christian band I want to start under the same name.  Unfortunately the domain name is taken.  :-(

I will continue searching and praying.
Posted:  17 Sep 2007 11:29
Prayers for Revival for All People "And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves" (Mark 11:17). Please pray for my safety. Please pray for the USA, and nation for there Salvation & Finance Healing. & Home & Work Finance Healing in the name of Jesus Christ for, Please keep praying for my Families & Friends & neighbors hood to, Pray for Enemies. Let my enemies be happy, loved, and peaceful. Forgiveness Lord, make us instruments of your peace
Posted:  04 Oct 2007 04:49
helo does any one know where this song can be downloades or listened?
Posted:  16 Oct 2007 00:36
I've looked it up on Google for my Grandmother's funeral and there's lots of sites you can download it from that come up in the searches on there
Posted:  27 Feb 2008 14:47
This is a faboulous and beautifull song,it's more, it's the most beautifull way to pray to God. It was San Francisco de Assisi who made it. And his love was so big, so deep that we can remember this pray till today.... I hope every man in this world can feel someday what he felt!!!
Love, really love for all, for every one...
Posted:  29 Apr 2008 04:30
can I please get the music score of this wonderful song? Lord make us instruments?
Posted:  17 May 2008 13:47
Posted:  24 Jun 2008 18:02
twinchin19: thanks for the history of the song. I will be using it to teach grade 1 students
Posted:  27 Jun 2008 08:18
There are two other versions of this prayer that have not been mentioned, the most well known being "Eternal Life"-which is considered a classic of sacred song literature and should be fairly easy to find.  The other version is called "Prayer for Peace," and is the final song in the Youth Musical "Celebrate Life" (first published in the early 70s and still being used by church youth choirs today.
Posted:  08 Jul 2008 05:39
Does anyone know where I could get the version by the? Johannesburg Boys Choir?
Posted:  24 Sep 2008 17:46
The boys choir from south africa sang me to tears.  They tore my heart and I weep for the curelty in Niger Delta, Nigeria, West Africa.
How innocent our children are; but how reckless they die. I can't write enough how I feel.  I will continue to teach my pupils to sing this song in any primary or secondry school I find myself a music teacher.
Posted:  24 Sep 2008 17:49
go to youtube for the version of the Johannesburg Boys Choir

Posted:  15 Nov 2008 04:31
Here is another beautiful rendition of the hymn:


Posted:  08 Dec 2008 17:01
our choir sang this song this past Sunday as our Anthem.  It was beatiful to sing. Most moving and our congragation really loved it.
Posted:  04 Jan 2009 23:50
thaks, this the song but please i need the score...
Posted:  05 Jan 2009 07:45
Sheet Music Plus has many different arrangements you can purchase. Try this one, or use their on-site search to find others.

Lord, Make Me An Instrument Of Thy Peace Shee ... http://www.ftjcfx.com/image-2903024-10471126

Posted:  21 Apr 2009 06:01
We used to sing this song in church all the time.  Ahh I miss it9rrm9
Posted:  10 Jun 2009 16:47   Last Edited By: steveliu
I love this song...i feel that God's always been there for me....even though i sometimes forget to say thank you to Him in every day....
Posted:  12 Jul 2009 04:47
I Love You!
Posted:  30 Jul 2009 18:49
I love this song becouse very meaningful.thank you n love you.
Posted:  04 Aug 2009 08:31
I heard this song yesterday and i was really blessed i couldnt stop playing it. Am so happy to have known this song
Posted:  03 Sep 2009 13:11
Posted:  16 Oct 2009 04:48
The song has a very special meaning for my friend and I would like to get a music box with the prayer printed on fthe lid of the box and the song "Lord make me an instrument of your peace: when the lid is lifted. The only similar box I could find played "Great is they faithfulness," which I have not heard. Ajny suggestions, please.
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