Lord God, Yahweh-Shalom,
please save this country from attacking Syria,
and save Syria not only from our weapons
but also from each other’s.

Please send comfort to those who are bereaved,
healing to the wounded,
and sanity to the leaders on all sides.
Change the hearts of those who have taken up arms
and those who plan to take up arms,
and strengthen the resolve of those committed to peace.
Please bring about an end to the conflict,
and please do so soon
and in a way that brings
freedom to the oppressed,
justice to all,
and hope for the future.

Please help Syria’s neighbors
in their care and welcome for refugees.

God of hope and Father of mercy,
inspire leaders on all sides 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 make us faithful in praying for them
and caring for them and for all who suffer around the world.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace and Light of the World,
who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

(based in parts on a prayer of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

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