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4 December

Graffiti in Gaza

In his days justice shall flourish and peace till the moon fails. Psalm 71:7

Today is the feast day of St John of Damascus and has been dedicated as a day of prayer for the Middle East. St John of Damascus links us to the early Church with the living community of Middle Eastern Christians and their vocation as peace-builders.

The Church prays that the example of St John’s life can serve to inspire Christians, Muslims and Jews to work for reconciliation and justice.


Prayer for Peace

O God of peace, who are peace itself
and whom a spirit of discord cannot grasp,
nor a violent mind receive,
grant that those who are one in heart
may persevere in what is good
and that those in conflict
may forget evil and so be healed.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


St John Damascene, pray for us.

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