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


Joachim and Anna Rejoice

Today the bonds of childlessness are loosed, * for God has heard Joachim and Anna * and He promises manifestly that they, against all hope, would give birth to the Maiden of God * from whom the Uncircumscribed One Himself would be born, becoming man, * and he commanded the Angels to cry out to her: * “Rejoice, O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you!” (Troparion - Tone 4)

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

Today the whole world celebrates * the conception of Anne which was brought about by God, * for she gave birth to the one who, beyond understanding, * gave birth to the Word. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

Saint Nicholas of Myra

The truth of your deeds has revealed you to your flock, * as a rule of faith, an image of meekness, and a teacher of abstinence. * Therefore, you attained the heights through humility, * and riches through poverty. * O Father and Hierarch Nicholas, * pray to Christ God that our souls may be saved. (Troparion, Tone 4)

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

In Myra, You were shown to be a servant of the sacred things, O Holy Nicholas, * for, fulfilling the Gospel of Christ, you, O Venerable, laid down your life for your people, * and saved the innocent from death. * Therefore, you were sanctified as a great initiate of the grace of God. (Kontakion, Tone 3)