Prot. 15/2014C - Cairo, 14/01/2014

The Geneva 2 Conference will be held on 22 January 2014. As president of the Assembly of Catholic Hierarchs in Syria, I address this appeal to my colleagues and beloved bishops, all our children, priests, monks, nuns, faithful, confraternities, youth movements, families, young people and children…

This is a call for the celebration of daily prayers in churches, homes, pastoral meetings… for the success of the Geneva 2 Conference, for peace in dear Syria and for the cessation of all acts of violence, destruction and war.

We join our voice to that of His Holiness Pope Francis, who called, in his address to the diplomatic corps on 13 of this month, for the success of the Geneva 2 Conference and for it to "mark the beginning of the desired peace process."

Jesus our Lord is Prince of peace. He told us: "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you… Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid!" (John 14: 27) We implore him to hear our prayers, respond to our cries of distress and the suffering of the victims, and grant us the great gift of peace! We beg him to inspire the countries and their representatives who are about to meet in Geneva with the wherewithal for peace, security and a better future for Syrians.

We raise our prayer to our Mother, the Mother of God and ever-Virgin Mary, whom we venerate in our many sanctuaries, churches, prayers and hymns, for her to intercede for the miracle of peace, a special miracle from her Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, Prince of peace.

I hope this appeal will be published in all eparchies and parishes even outside Syria! Let there be a global prayer campaign for peace in Syria, the Holy Land, the Arab world and the whole world.


God of Peace, grant peace to our country!

With my affection and blessing

+Gregorios III

Patriarch of Antioch and All the East
of Alexandria and Jerusalem


Teachings of Christ

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’" (Matthew 7:21-23 ESV)

Pentecost

Blessed are You, O Christ our God, * Who has shown the fishermen to be all wise, * by sending down to them the Holy Spirit, * and through them You have caught the whole world in Your net. * O Lover of Mankind, glory to You. (Troparion - Tone 8)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

When the Most High descended, confusing tongues, * He divided the nations; * but when He distributed the tongues of fire, * He called all to unity; * and, with one voice, * we glorify the Most Holy Spirit. (Kontakion - Tone 8)

Random Proverb

"My son, do not lose sight of these — keep sound wisdom and discretion, and they will be life for your soul." (Proverbs 3:21,22a ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

"In the matter of piety, poverty serves us better than wealth, and work better than idleness, especially since wealth becomes an obstacle even for those who do not devote themselves to it. Yet, when we must put aside our wrath, quench our envy, soften our anger, offer our prayers, and show a disposition which is reasonable, mild, kindly, and loving, how could poverty stand in our way? For we accomplish these things not by spending money but by making the correct choice. Almsgiving above all else requires money, but even this shines with a brighter luster when the alms are given from our poverty. The widow who paid in the two mites was poorer than any human, but she outdid them all."

St. John Chrysostom