CWN - The leader of the Melkite Catholic Church has welcomed the September 10 speech in which US President Barack Obama backed away from a threat of military action against Syria.

“A superpower is such if it is a power of peace,” Patriarch Gregory III Laham told the Fides news service. “The logic of violence is never the logic of wise people.”

Speaking from Damascus, the Melkite patriarch warned that an attack on Syria could endanger the stability of the entire Middle East. “And if a tree in a forest burns, the entire forest will burn,” he said.

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Dormition

O Mother of God, in giving birth you preserved virginity; * and in falling asleep you did not forsake the world. * You are the Mother of Life and have been transferred to life, * and through your prayers you deliver our souls from death. (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.

Neither the tomb nor death could detain the Mother of God, * who is unsleeping in her prayers and our unfailing hope in her intercession; * for He Who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb, * transferred to Life the Mother of Life. (Kontakion - Tone 2)