Day of Prayer for Peace in Syria

Last Sunday in his Angelus address Pope Francis spoke about the current situation in Syria and the Middle East and asked local churches to join with him this Saturday, 7 September, in praying for peace.  Churches throughout the Archdocese of Liverpool will be taking part.

Pope Francis said, 'I appeal strongly for peace, an appeal which arises from the deep within me.  How much suffering, how much devastation, how much pain has the use of arms carried in its wake in that martyred country, especially among civilians and the unarmed!  I think of many children will not see the light of the future!  With utmost firmness I condemn the use of chemical weapons: I tell you that those terrible images from recent days are burned into my mind and heart.  There is a judgment of God and of history upon our actions which are inescapable!  Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War begets war, violence begets violence.'

He added, 'To this end, brothers and sisters, I have decided to proclaim for the whole Church on 7 September next, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace, a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world, and I also invite each person, including our fellow Christians, followers of other religions and all men of good will, to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative.

'On 7 September, in Saint Peter’s Square, here, from 19:00 until 24:00, we will gather in prayer and in a spirit of penance, invoking God’s great gift of peace upon the beloved nation of Syria and upon each situation of conflict and violence around the world.  Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace!  I ask all the local churches, in addition to fasting, that they gather to pray for this intention.'

The full text of his address can be found here

Prayer and Intercession for Peace in 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 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.


Resources for prayer for Syria can be found here

Vigils for Peace in Syria

Among the churches holding Vigil Services in the Archdiocese of Liverpool are:

Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King

Saturday 7 September

The Crypt Chapel will remain open after the 6.30 pm Vigil Mass for Rosary and Prayers for peace.

Sunday 8 September
After Choral Evening Prayer in the Cathedral at 3.00 pm there will be a period of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with prayers for peace and Benediction.

Our Lady of Victories, Sandy Lane, Hightown, L38 3RP

Saturday 7 September

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Private Prayer from 11.00 am to 12.00 noon and 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm

St George, Station Road, Maghull, L31 3DF

Sunday 8 September

Rosary, Private Prayer and Benediction at 3.00 pm

St Marie on the Sands, Seabank Road, Southport, PR9 0EJ

Saturday 7 September

6.00 pm Mass followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until midnight

St Mary, Mount Pleasant, Chorley, PR7 2SR

Saturday 7 September

6.15 pm Mass followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 9.00 pm

St Mary, Broadfield Drive, Leyland, PR25 1PD

Saturday 7 September

Prayer Vigil from 7.00 pm until Midnight

St Richard of Chichester, Mayfield Street, Atherton, M46 0AQ

Saturday 7 September

6.00 pm Mass followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 9.00 pm

St Teresa of the Child Jesus, Utting Avenue East, Norris Green, L11 3BW

Saturday 7 September

Prayer Vigil from the 6.00 pm Mass until Midnight