Saturday, November 19, 2016

A Light for Aleppo

Click here for WMMT news story announcing the CSJ prayer service for Aleppo

Click here for WMMT news story on the prayer service

The Sisters of St. Joseph held a special prayer service for the people of Aleppo, Syria, who are victims of the terrible war and destruction there. This service is part of a worldwide solidarity movement for peace to let the people, aid workers, charities and victims of war in Aleppo know that they are not forgotten.

6 p.m. 
front steps of Nazareth Center 
3427 Gull Road 

Luminaries made by the sisters lit up the front steps of the building as people join together in prayer.

For those who could not attend the service, the sisters asked that they light a candle for the people of Aleppo and place it in the front windows of their homes.

A Light for Aleppo movement began in Scotland. 

A Prayer for the People of Syria

Almighty eternal God, source of all compassion,
the promise of your mercy and saving help fills our hearts with hope.

Hear the cries of the people of Syria, especially the children;
bring healing to those suffering from the violence,
and comfort to those mourning the dead.

Empower and encourage Syria's neighbors in their care and welcome for 

Convert the hearts of those who have taken u arms,
and strengthen the resolve of those committed to peace.

O God of hope and Father of mercy,
your Holy Spirit inspires us to look beyond ourselves and our own needs.

Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation
with enemies.

Inspire the Church around the world with compassion for the people of Syria,
and fill us with hope for a future of peace built on justice for all.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace and Light of the World,
who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

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