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Prayers for peace in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and beyond

The VCC draws readers' attention to the following communique from the World Council of Churches:

Prayers for peace in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Egypt and beyond

24 March 2015

This Lenten season, the World Council of Churches (WCC) invites its member churches to pray on Sunday 29 March for those affected by wars in the Middle East, especially in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Egypt. The season of prayer is meant to revive hope from hopelessness, taking into account the vulnerability of minority communities and the threat of losing the diversity of the social fabric in this region.

“Many churches and Christians around the world have offered signs of solidarity and sympathy through prayer vigils, humanitarian assistance and advocacy for just peace. Despite these efforts, so many still feel powerless and incapable of making any impact and change,” said Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary, in a letter of invitation to prayer addressed to the churches, issued on 24 March.

For the full communique and for the liturgical resources common prayers for peace in Syria and beyond, please point your browsers here.