All the sisters here at the Monastery have been praying for peace in Syria and the world, but some have been praying for this peace particularly through the intercession of St. John Chrysostom, who has a Syrian background. In the homily we read at Office of Readings today, he says: "If Christ is with me, whom shall I fear? Though the waves and the sea and the anger of princes are roused against me, they are less to me than a spider's web...I always say: Lord, your will be done; not what this fellow or that would have me do, but what you want me to do." Truly God is our ultimate refuge and our strong support in this world of conflict and violence. May peace come to Syria and all the Middle East and the world!
We continue to pray for peace, through the intercession of all the saints of Syria, including Afraate, Ephraim, Simon the Stylite, Isaac of Nineveh, John Chrysostom and John Damascene, not to mention our Lady, Queen of Peace.