The general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, has endorsed a call by Pope Francis for worldwide common prayer for peace in Syria “with a particular emphasis on Saturday, 7 September.”
“Weapons or military actions cannot bring about peace in Syria,” as Tveit wrote to the members of the United Nations Security Council. “The need of the hour is for the world to focus on how best to ensure security and protection for the people of Syria.”
A prayer for peace
from the Spiritual Treasure on Canonical Prayer Book 12 - Supplication to the Holy Spirit
This prayer was sent to the WCC by H.E. Archbishop Mar Swerios Malki Mourad, Syrian Orthodox Patriarchal Vicar, on the occasion of the International Day of Prayer for Peace 2004
O You Divine Comforter, Spirit of Truth; O treasure-house of goodness, and fountain of life; You Who do apportion gifts and give divine favors, come dwell in us, and cleanse us thoroughly from all defilement. O Lord, create in us a clean heart, and renew within us a right spirit, even the spirit of temperance and purity, the spirit of piety and holiness, the spirit of deliberation and strength, and the spirit of knowledge and the fear of You, O God. Be with us and among us, guiding, aiding, strengthening and comforting us. O Holy, Merciful and Good Spirit, grant me a fountain of tears that, with them, I may wash my heart clean of its defilement, so that it pleases You to dwell in it. Ignite in it the fire of Your divine love, and refresh and revive in me the spirit of good work, that I may live in You forever and ever.