Deisis (Novogorod)

Patriarch Gregorios III: Call to pray for Syria on the eve of the Geneva 2 Conference

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

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12 ESV)

Lamb and Redeemer

When You were baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed, * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You His “beloved Son”, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of these words. * O Christ God, * Who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 1)

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

You have appeared to the whole world today, * and Your light, O Lord, is signed upon us, * who with knowledge praise You in song: * "You have come, and You have appeared, O Unapproachable Light." (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Random Proverb

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. (Proverbs 3:9,10 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

No one on this earth can avoid affliction; and although the afflictions which the Lord sends are not great men imagine them beyond their strength and are crushed by them. This is because they will not humble their souls and commit themselves to the will of God. But the Lord Himself guides with His grace those who are given over to God's will, and they bear all things with fortitude for the sake of God Whom they have so loved and with Whom they are glorified for ever. It is impossible to escape tribulation in this world but the man who is giver over to the will of God bears tribulation easily, seeing it but putting his trust in the Lord, and so his tribulations pass.

Archimandrite Sophrony