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Southeast Texas churches unite to pray for peace in Syria
Following information from St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica in Beaumont:
Southeast Texans to unite for a day of prayer for peace in Syria
On Saturday, Sept. 7, Southeast Texans of all faiths will join together in prayer for peace in Syria during a Mass presented by Bishop Curtis J. Guillory, SVD, at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica at 4:00 pm, with Very Rev. Michael Pavez, pastor of St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, prayerfully in attendance.
As thousands are losing their lives or being wounded in the Syrian conflict, we pray and we fast, asking the Lord to purify our minds and our hearts and that of world leaders so that they might be guided to be open to dialogue and reconciliation. In the Gospel of John, Jesus tells Peter to put away his sword, Bishop Guillory said. Tomorrow we fast and we gather to pray that everyone will try to listen to Gods plan for this reconciliation.
St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica will be open for prayer beginning at sunrise and continuing all day, and a large Middle East wreath with a live flame in the center will be displayed at the foot of the altar. From 7:00 pm until midnight, penitential prayers for peace will be held at the beginning of each hour with solemn exposition of the relic of the true cross.
The Mass and prayer are open to all, and interreligious and ecumenical leaders throughout Southeast Texas have been invited to attend. Bishop Guillory expressed his appreciation to religious leaders who will be in attendance saying, I thank the religious leaders for joining us in prayer and fast.
Pope Francis issued a proclamation naming Sept. 7 a Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria, the Middle East and our world and has asked leaders of the worlds 20 largest economies to seek a peaceful solution to the Syrian civil war in a recent letter sent to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is hosting the G-20 summit held in St. Petersburg Sept. 5-6.