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4 years ago  ::  Sep 07, 2013 - 3:14PM #1
Mysty101
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Dear Friends,

From Pope Francis’ address (full address www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/ang... )
On 7 September, in Saint Peter’s Square, here, from 19:00 until 24:00, (NY noon to 5:00) we will gather in prayer and in a spirit of penance, invoking God’s great gift of peace upon the beloved nation of Syria and upon each situation of conflict and violence around the world. Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace! I ask all the local churches, in addition to fasting, that they gather to pray for this intention.
From the USCCB
A Prayer For The People Of Syria

Almighty eternal God, source of all compassion,
the promise of your mercy and saving help fills our hearts with hope.
Hear the cries of the people of Syria;
bring healing to those suffering from the violence,
and comfort to those mourning the dead.
Empower and encourage Syria’s neighbors 
in their care and welcome for refugees.
Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms,
and strengthen the resolve of those committed to peace.
O God of hope and Father of mercy,
your Holy Spirit inspires us to look beyond ourselves and our own needs.
Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence 
and to seek reconciliation with enemies.
Inspire the Church around the world with compassion for the people of Syria,
and fill us with hope for a future of peace built on justice for all.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace and Light of the World,
who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Amen.

Petition:
For the people of Syria, that God may strengthen the resolve of leaders to end 
the fighting and choose a future of peace.
We pray to the Lord…
Love & Prayers,
Suz
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