Maronites in Lebanon and all over the World will be marking on Saturday, September 07 a day of fasting and prayer and a holy vigil as called for by Pope Francis, for Syrian people and Syria. The monthly communiqué of the Maronite Bishops held in Diman treasured the Pope's appeal and instructed all Maronite parishes, monasteries and religious centers to organize this day of prayer and fasting and to arrange for a holy vigil in the evening, in participation with Pope Francis who will be observing with the faithful a Holy Vigil at Saint Peter's square in the Vatican, beginning from 7:00 pm till midnight.
This day of prayer and fasting comes at the eve of the birthday of Virgin Mary and it has a symbolic meaning as to why Pope Francis has chosen such date to call upon the Universal church and the whole World to pray for peace in Syria and in the Middle East. Mary is the queen of peace and on her birthday she is known to grant abundant graces upon those who ask for it. Christians around the world will be asking through her intercession today for mercy and peace on behalf of the innocent souls that are being killed, tortured and devastated everyday in Syria.
This appeal from Pope Francis has found a lot of support among political leaders, who found it to be a very noble and humble gesture and probably the best gift one can offer today to the Syrian population, amid the current international tensions where interests and divisions are reigning.