World without weapons – 15 April 2018

Pablo Picasso drew many ‘doves of peace’ after the Second World War, committed as he was to the international peace movement. The first one is said to have been on a napkin after the first Peace Conference in Paris in 1949. This image here, World without Weapons (or ‘Dove with yellow Sun’), was drawn in 1962, the year he was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize.

The dove flies with a sprig of a branch in its beak, recalling the dove that Noah sent out from the ark as the flood-waters were receding. Noah’s dove flew over the waters of chaos, this dove is just about able to free itself from the sea of weaponry.

The weapons here have been used in war, now they are piled not stockpiled, but what damage have they done? Is peace really possible? The most hopeful element of this image is the sun, shining above the world, offering its yellow light. As the dove rises towards this sun, there is a possibility of peace.


Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

Luke 24:36b


The Lord will mediate between nations and will settle international disputes. They will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will no longer fight against nation, nor train for war anymore.

Isaiah 2:4 (New Living Translation)


O God, who would fold both heaven and earth in a single peace:
let the design of thy great love
lighten upon the waste of our wraths and sorrows:
and give peace to thy Church,
peace among nations,
peace in our dwellings,
and peace in our hearts:
through thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Common Worship