Day of Prayer for Syria
As a sign of solidarity with the people of Syria the Bishops of England and Wales ask that the Catholic community mark 4th December as a Day of Prayer for all those suffering as a result of the conflict in Syria. That date was chosen because it is the feast day of St John of Damascus and thus provides a way of linking the early Church with the living community of Middle Eastern Christians and their vocation as peace-builders. The Bishops pray that the example of St John’s life can serve to inspire Christians, Muslims and Jews to work for reconciliation and justice.
O God of peace, who are peace itself
and whom a spirit of discord cannot grasp,
nor a violent mind receive,
grant that those who are one in heart
may persevere in what is good
and that those in conflict
may forget evil and so be healed.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
St John Damascene, pray for us.
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