For all Catholics, the pope has proclaimed Sept. 7 a "day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East and throughout the world." This is days before the United States considers military action in Syria.
The pope said he was inviting everyone, “including our non-Catholic Christian brothers, followers of other religions and all men of good will, to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative. May the plea for peace rise up and touch the heart of everyone so that they may lay down their weapons and let themselves be led by the desire for peace.”
“To this end, brothers and sisters, I have decided to proclaim for the whole Church on 7 September next, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace, a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world, and I also invite each person, including our fellow Christians, followers of other religions and all men of good will, to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative.”
The Community of Mary, Queen of Peace will participate in this prayer for peace in the following ways:
· Our Prayer for Peace begins with our First Friday Pray the Rosary Night in the chapel at 7pm on September 6th.
· On September 7th, at 10:00am, the community will celebrate a special Mass, invoking Mary, Queen of Peace, and celebrated in the main church. The Mass will begin at the same time as the Vigil led by Pope Francis begins in Rome.
· Parishioners are invited to spend time in prayer and fasting during the day. The church and chapels will be open all day for prayer.