Wipe away, Baby Jesus,

the tears of children!

Embrace the sick and the elderly!

Move men to lay down their arms

and to draw close in a universal

embrace of peace!

Invite the peoples,

O merciful Jesus,

to tear down the walls

created by poverty

and unemployment,

by ignorance

and indifference,

by discrimination

and intolerance.

It is you, O Divine Child of Bethlehem,

who save us, freeing us from sin.

It is you who are the true and only Saviour,

whom humanity often searches for

with uncertainty.

God of peace, gift of peace

for all of humanity,

come to live in the heart

of every individual

and of every family.

Be our peace and our joy.

                                             –  John Paul II