GIA offering use of Japanese Blessing for free during the month of March

In response to the tragedy in Japan, and for parishes looking for a way to be in solidarity with the Japanese people in prayer, GIA Publications is offering for free, during the remainder of the month of March, the use of Lori True’s arrangement of “May the Peace of Christ Be with You / Ki Ri Su To No” (G-7841) on their website.   The refrain for the song is in Japanese (printed phoentically).  GIA is offering, for free download, the assembly refrain box, the entire choral octavo, and MP3 of the recording.  This piece contains a singable Japanese folk melody for the assembly, and is offered as  a way to hold our sisters and brothers there in prayer during this most difficult and tragic time.


  1. We used this piece at the close of the General Intercessions at all four Masses in our parish this weekend. It was beautiful, powerful, prayerful, moving and very easily learned. We did not rehearse the piece with the assembly before Mass – copies of the refrain were in the pews. At the beginning of the Intercessions I indicated that we’d conclude them in a different way, with a song. After the last intercession (which was for the people of Japan) the refrain was played on the piano and then the cantor sang through it once in Japanese. She then brought in the assembly who sang it through twice, after which she sang the “morning verse” and then the assembly sang the refrain in English.

    I’ve never done something like this with the Intercessions before and likely will not do anything like this again – but today it served our prayer well and beautifully.

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