Children in Syria will meet next month to join in mass prayer to end the “spiral of death” that is killing hundreds of people in rebel-held districts of Aleppo.
Many of those being killed and injured are children, and there are distressing photographs emerging of dead children buried in rubble.
Christian and Muslim boys and girls in Aleppo will sign and fingerprint an appeal begging world rulers to put an end to the massacres, and will join together to pray for an end to the intense bombing raids, Archbishop Boutros Marayati, head of Armenian Catholic church in Aleppo, told Agenzia Fides.
“… above all, they will pray. They will pray for all of their peers. And we trust in the fact that children’s prayer is more powerful than ours,” said Archbishop Marayati.
All hopes of the continuation of the cease fire has disappeared and Syria and Russia have stepped up their efforts to recapture Aleppo, and Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations has said that his government will not stop until it has retaken the entire city.
Meanwhile, gates are being left open and barriers raised to allow anyone living in the rebel-held areas to flee as the intense bombing raids by the Syrian and Russian forces continue each day.
Archbishop Marayati said: “On Wednesday, the representatives of the government and the Syrian army convened a meeting to explain that soon an appeal would be spread to the civilian population settled in the neighbourhoods under rebel control.”
He said it was not a mass evacuation.
“… many cannot leave. And the appeal also contained an expiration date, and the ultimatum expires in coming days. New blood will be shed if the powers behind the two warring parties do not decide to really put an end to this dirty war.”
- Pray for the children of Syria, especially those in Aleppo, who are the innocent victims of this war. Pray for their healing, in spirit, mind and body, and for their future to be one of peace and hope, not violence.
- Pray for the children who will join together to pray for Aleppo. Pray that this witness will touch many hearts to also stop and to pray for this city and nation. Pray that the warring factions will also see, and be challenged and convicted to seriously seek and end to the killing.
- Pray that many residents of Eastern Aleppo will be able to leave and find safe havens while they have this opportunity.
- Pray that God will use this time for good in Syria, that many hearts will be turned to Him and to the healing love and grace of Jesus.
Matthew 19 vs 13 – 14: “Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray … Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.“