Pope Francis and Patriarch Twal of the Holy Land have encouraged us to pray for peace in Syria and the Middle East. Here is the official prayer from Patriarch Twal.
“God of compassion, listen to the cries of the people of Syria. Give comfort to those who suffer because of the violence. Give comfort to those who mourn their dead, and strength to neighboring countries to welcome the refugees. Convert the hearts of those who resort to arms and protect those who work to promote peace.
God of hope, inspire leaders to choose peace instead of violence and to seek reconciliation with enemies. Inspire compassion in the universal Church for the Syrian people and give us hope for a future of peace based on justice for all.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace and Light of the world. Amen.”