Prayer for Peace in Syria

God of compassion,

Hear the cries of the people of Syria..

Bring healing to those suffering from the violence.

Bring comfort to those mourning the dead.

Strengthen Syria's neighbours in their care and welcome for refugees.

Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms,

And protect those committed to peace.


God of hope,

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 give us 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,


God is the foundation for everything
This God undertakes, God gives.

Such that nothing that is necessary for life is lacking.
Now humankind needs a body that at all times honors and praises God.
This body is supported in every way through the earth.
Thus the earth glorifies the power of God.

- Hildegaard of Bingen

Let nothing trouble you,
let nothing frighten you.

All things are passing;
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
He who possesses God lacks nothing:
God alone suffices.

MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

 From "Through the Year with Thomas Merton"

O my God, I love Thee above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because Thou art all-good and worthy of all love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of Thee. I forgive all who have injured me, and ask pardon of all whom I have injured.

O My God, relying on Thy almighty power and infinite mercy and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of Thy grace, and Life Everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.

Guide me Lord, you are my heart, you are my strength, you are my hope. Teach me Lord, and guide my way. I love you more each passing day.