Prayer Service for Peace in Syria

Pope Francis has called for a day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria this Saturday, September 7. Feel free to adapt this prayer service for gatherings at church or home, large or small.

Access a printable version of the prayer service here:
Prayer Service for Peace in Syria

And click here for suggested intercessions for Masses this weekend:
Peace in Syria Mass Intercessions

pray for syria

Opening Song

Choose one of these or another appropriate song:
God of Day and God of Darkness
For the Healing of the Nations
Dona Nobis Pacem
Let There Be Peace on Earth
Make Me a Chanel of Your Peace

Sign of the Cross and Opening Prayer

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 neighbouring 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.

First Reading

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. (2:2-5)

In days to come,
The mountain of the LORD’s house
shall be established as the highest mountain
and raised above the hills.
All nations shall stream toward it.

Many peoples shall come and say:
“Come, let us go up to the LORD’s mountain,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
That he may instruct us in his ways,
and we may walk in his paths.”
For from Zion shall go forth instruction,
and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

He shall judge between the nations,
and set terms for many peoples.
They shall beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks;
One nation shall not raise the sword against another,
nor shall they train for war again.

House of Jacob, come,
let us walk in the light of the LORD!

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm: The Cry of the Poor (Psalm 34) (John Foley, SJ)

Sing this setting of Psalm 34. 

Refrain
The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
Blessed be the Lord.

1. I will bless the Lord at all times,
with praise ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the Lord,
who will hear the cry of the poor.

2. Let the lowly hear and be glad:
the Lord listens to their pleas;
and to hearts broken, God is near,
who will hear the cry of the poor.

3. Ev’ry spirit crushed, God will save;
will be ransom for their lives;
will be safe shelter for their fears,
and will hear the cry of the poor.

4. We proclaim your greatness, O God,
your praise ever in our mouth;
ev’ry face brightened in your light,
for you hear the cry of the poor.

Second Reading

A reading from the Gospel of Matthew. (5:1-12)

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,
and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
He began to teach them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven.
Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Spoken Individual Reflection, Shared Reflection, or Silence

Reflection Questions for sharing or quiet meditation:
-How is God calling me to be a peacemaker in my own life?
-What could we do to stand in solidarity with the people of Syria?
-Pope Francis recently tweeted, “War never again! Never again War!” How can we work together to work for peace (in our families, neighborhoods, city, country, and world)?

Intercessions

Response: Send your peace, O Lord.

For the Church: that we might be ever-more devoted to the protection of all human life. We pray…

For world leaders: that in all their decisions, they might persistently pursue peace. We pray…

For the people of Syria: that all who are suffering may be comforted. We pray…

For those who commit acts of violence: that their hearts may be softened by your love. We pray…

For all victims of war around the world. We pray…

For us gathered here: that you, God, might give us the courage to stand up for peace in all circumstances. We pray…

For what else shall we pray?

The Lord’s Prayer
Gathering all our prayers into one, we pray together the words Jesus taught us, which are a reminder that all people are brothers and sisters in Christ.

Sign of Peace

Closing Prayer

Merciful Father,
We pray for peace in Syria.
We pray that weapons would be silenced.
We pray for an end to all violence and all armed conflict.
We pray with the Holy Father, all of us united: Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for Syria, pray for us.

Amen

Closing Song

One of the suggestions above, or depart in silence.

Sources:
-Opening and Closing Prayer: Zenit’s Week of Prayer for Syria
-Readings: New American Bible, Revised Edition. US Conference of Catholic Bishops.
-Responsorial Psalm: The Cry of the Poor. By John Foley, SJ. Accessed on Spirit and Song.

2 comments

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