The Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need planned a prayer campaign for Syria in October, a month dedicated to Our Lady and the month of the rosary. But with the news being reported on Syria and the decisions that are about to be made the charity has decided to begin the week of prayer today August 30. Today is Day 7 the last day of the week of prayer but the prayers can be started at anytime.
The prayer campaign has been organized by the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need. On Saturday, Pope Francis has asked the universal Church and people of good-will to join him in a Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace.
Here is the prayer for Day 7, the final day of the Week of Prayer for Syria.
God of Compassion,Hear the cries of the people of Syria. Comfort those who suffer violence. Console those who mourn the dead. Give strength to Syria’s neighboring countries to welcome the refugees. Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms and protect those who are committed to peace.
God of hope, Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation with their enemies Inflame the Universal Church with compassion for the people of Syria And give us hope for a future built on justice for all. We ask this through Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace and Light of the world. Amen
Seventh day: Give us hope in a future of peace, founded on justice for all
“It is time to finish with these weapons and, instead of calling for violence, international powers need to work for peace. Throughout this whole time of crisis, our churches have been almost full. The people feel that in spite of the problems, God is granting miracles for them. There is a mixture of hope and despair. People do not know what their future may be. People feel fear but in spite of that they are strong in their faith.” Patriarch Gregor III. Laham
“Thus, we are not discouraged. On the contrary. Even though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day after day. For this momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).
We pray that hope does not grow faint. We pray that Christ, Prince of Peace and Light of the World, fills the Syrian people with trust, so that they “abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for Syria, pray for us.
On September 7th vigil of the Nativity of Mary the Pope asks for a day of prayer and fasting for Peace in Syria and World
Pope Francis has designated Saturday, September 7th, the vigil of the Nativity of Mary as a Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria and in the world. There will be a vigil Saturday evening in St. Peter’s Square.
Pope John Paul II proposed a similar initiative in 2001, in the aftermath of the attack on the Twin Towers in New York. That day of fasting and prayer was observed Dec. 14 of that year, and the faithful implored God to grant the world a stable peace, founded on justice. In addition, the Polish Pontiff invited representatives of the religions of the world to go to Assisi on Jan. 24, 2002, to pray for the resolution of conflicts and the promotion of genuine peace.
Also read the note published by the Office of Liturgical Celebrations in 2001 on the occasion of the Day of Prayer and Fasting convoked by John Paul II. It offered suggested points of reflection on the meaning of fasting and prayer, as well as pastoral suggestions.
“The ‘day of fasting’ should be understood not just in terms of the legal norms set down in the Code of Canon Law (CIC 1249-1253; CCEO 882-883), but in a wider sense which freely involves all the faithful: children, who willingly make sacrifices to help other poor children; young people, who are especially sensitive to the cause of justice and peace; all adults, excluding the sick but including the elderly,” the document indicated. Read more…
It is also hoped parents will take this opportunity to insturct and encourge encourage their children to understand and respond in fiath to the sufferings of others. Here is a message to families, from the Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, regarding Saturday’s Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace.
Dear Parents, do not be afraid to propose an austere and minimal lunch to your children; it will be an opportunity to explain to them what is happening in the world and how these terrible things cannot leave us indifferent. Together with the harshness of the news, don’t forget to communicate the hope of peace offered by the risen Jesus, who has reconciled the world not with violent and vindictive acts but through the gift of Himself. Read more….
Our young people can be heroic in sacrifice when properly instructed and motivated for the love of God. One must remember that Our Lady used children to set the example of heroic prayer and sacrifice for the world at Fatima.