Eastern Catholic hierarchs call for peace and prayer

Head of Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Calls for Prayer for Peace in Syria

Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) urged believers to join the call of Pope Francis and spend the day on September 7 in prayer for peace in Syria.

“With all my heart I address you all – bishops, priests, consecrated persons, and the laity of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Ukraine and abroad – with a request to join the call of the pope and the nearest Saturday ‘with one heart and one voice’ with all the Universal Church to dedicate your prayers for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and around the world,” the hierarch said in a statement.

Lebanon’s Maronite bishops: Intervention in Syria poses ‘grave dangers’

Lebanon’s Maronite Catholic bishops warned against military intervention in neighboring Syria.

“The bishops denounce the use of chemical weapons in Syria, but they call for being aware of the risks of a potential military strike,” the bishops said in a statement following their monthly meeting Sept. 4.

The bishops said foreign intervention poses “grave, grave dangers and repercussions of severe consequences for the countries of the region” and stressed that the war in Syria should be resolved “diplomatically and peacefully, away from the use of arms.”

The bishops praised Pope Francis’ call for prayer, fasting and repentance for peace in Syria and his direct appeal to the international community for dialogue and negotiation for peace.
They urged parishes and monasteries to organize participation with Pope Francis in his prayer vigil in St. Peter’s Square Sept. 7 and urged local Catholics to spend that evening in prayer and repentance.

Melkite Leader Says U.S. Attacks on Syria Would Worsen the Conflict

“I am adding my voice to all the statements made by most of my brother Eastern patriarchs, several episcopal conferences, the archbishop of Canterbury, and especially His Holiness Pope Francis and his representative at the United Nations in Geneva,” said Melkite Patriarch Gregorios III in an Aug. 30 statement.

“I state categorical rejection by Syria’s Catholic Churches, including the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, in Arab countries and those of the expansion, of any foreign intervention in Syria and any attack or intervention of any sort whatsoever.”

Patriarch Gregorios III, a native-born Syrian, is the president of the Assembly of the Catholic Hierarchy in Syria, as well as patriarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, an Eastern Church in communion with Rome.

Patriarch Gregorios III said that even in the wake of continued violence and reported use of chemical weapons, his “conviction is still sure: no victory through weapons and violence.”

Focusing on “defining the responsibility of this or that side for tragedies, massacres and the use of chemical weapons, though legitimate, is secondary” to reaching a peaceful solution, he said.

The patriarch explained that violence “leads to violence and weapons to other weapons. The parties to the conflict will continue to fight to the bitter end, as they all have an abundance of weapons.”

“The tragic situation that Syria has been experiencing for the last two and a half years is the strongest evidence of the primary importance of seeking the earliest possible peaceful, diplomatic resolution of the crisis,” Patriarch Gregorios stated, arguing that global involvement has only caused the conflict to escalate.

Over the past two and a half years, he said, “Eastern and Western countries have not stopped sending weapons, money, military experts, secret service agents and Salafist fundamentalist armed gangs of thugs and criminals” to Syria. These forces, he charged, have been “far more dangerous even than destructive chemical weapons.”

Encouraged by outside forces, the patriarch said, these factors have contributed to death, displacement and destruction, “not to mention the wrecking of both infrastructure and institutions.”

They have also led to “rape, extortion of ransom, robberies, assaults on civilians, hatred, enmity, revenge, exacerbation of ethnic and religious conflicts,” he said.

In the face of growing troubles, Patriarch Gregorios III still hopes for “a unanimous, global campaign to be orchestrated to prepare seriously and carefully” for the proposed United Nations-backed Geneva II Middle East Peace Conference that has been tentatively suggested for later this year.

Among other calls for peace in the region, Pope Francis has announced a global day of prayer and fasting for peace in the world and particularly in Syria on Sept. 7. He will lead a prayer vigil in St. Peter’s Square that evening and is asking people of all faith backgrounds to participate locally “in whatever way they can.”

Patriarch Gregorios said Melkite Catholics also “are launching a campaign of prayer in our churches, homes, youth movements and confraternities.”

He added that they “join in the calls for prayer that have been launched around the world for peace in Syria, as that is the real movement for solidarity with Syria.”

“Contrary to the calls to arms, attacks and military interventions,” the patriarch said, “we enjoy listening to appeals from around the world aimed at creating an atmosphere of reconciliation, dialogue, humanitarian solidarity, hope, forgiveness and finally peace.”

My parish is doing it’s part;



We are also praying the Divine Liturgy on Wednesday nights during September in unity with our fellow Christians in the Middle East, Catholic, Orthodox,* and* Protestant.
If you are close, come join with us!

We join our prayers in Texas with yours in Florida!

Worldwide Day Of Fasting and Prayer for Peace
at St. Sophia Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church
This Saturday, 3-5 PM, come and go as you’re able

St. Sophia parish invites its parishioners, friends of the parish, and all others who desire peace in our world to join us in whatever time and way they are able this Saturday as we join our prayers with the world’s prayers for peace. Children and families are welcome to join us. They may take advantage of our indoor play room, ping pong table, and outdoor playground if they would like to do so.

We will gather in prayer and in a spirit of penance, invoking God’s great gift of peace upon the beloved nation of Syria and upon each situation of conflict and violence around the world.

Bring your petitions for peace and join us!
-Fr. Pavlo

Who: All people of good will. Please share this far and wide!

What: Church open for day of prayer and fasting.

When: Saturday, Sept 7, 2013. The church will be open from 3-5PM for individual prayers and reflections. Come and go as you’re able.
3-4 PM Confessions available. Cantor-led prayer and silent prayer will be interspersed.
4-5 PM Great Vespers for the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Where: St. Sophia Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church
5600 North Colony Boulevard
The Colony, Texas 75056
Driving Directions

Saturday, Sept 7, Divine Liturgy 10AM: Forefeast of the Nativity of the Mother of God: Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria, Saturday, Sept 7, Great Vespers: Forefeast of the Nativity of the Mother of God, Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria Saturday at 6:30pm


St Nicholas in Anchorage AK posted on facebook:
Pope Francis has called for a worldwide day of prayer and fasting for peace in the Middle East. In response to his request, St. Nicholas of Myra will be hosting a prayer service this Saturday. We will be praying the beautiful and ancient prayer, the Moleben to Jesus, Lover of Mankind. Please prayerfully consider how you will fast that day, and join us for the service in the evening.

7PM, Saturday.

I was born in Kodiak…

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Holy Trinity Cathedral [Orthodox Church in America]
about an hour ago via mobile
His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin, has asked all the faithful of the Diocese of the West to keep a strict fast—as well as you are able—on Saturday, Sept. 7, in solidarity with the suffering Christians of Egypt and especially Syria. See the website: dowoca.org for more info. Fasting will end about 3 PM.

Previously: The Most Reverend BENJAMIN, Archbishop of San Francisco and the West

Dear Very Reverend and Reverend Clergy of the Diocese of the West:

Below is an email sent me by a friend who works in the area of Orthodox-Roman Catholic relations. It is an announcement of a day of prayer and fasting, this coming Saturday, concerning the steadily worsening situation in the Middle East As all of you know, Syria was once a place where Christians of the Middle East were the most protected. The present drama threatens everyone in Syria, but especially the Christians. I would ask you to consider joining in this appeal to the only One who can solve the problem of the Middle East, God Himself. This is one thing all Christians can do together, Roman Catholics, Orthodox, and Protestants.

Archbishop of San Francisco

See also other links on the Diocese of the West website.

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