Interfaith Prayer and Procession for Peace in Syria
Saturday, Sept. 7, 7 pm
beginning at St. James Cathedral
(804 Ninth Avenue Seattle, Washington 98104)
On Saturday, September 7 at 7:00pm, people of all faiths are invited to gather at St. James Cathedral for an interfaith prayer and candlelight procession for peace in Syria. Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders will come together in prayer for a peaceful resolution to the crisis in the Middle East. Following the brief prayer at St. James, all are invited to join in a candlelight procession to the outdoor plaza at Temple de Hirsch-Sinai (1511 E Pike) for the concluding prayer.
St. James Cathedral is located at the corner of 9th and Marion in downtown Seattle.
Message from Dean Thomason
As our nation weighs the moral decisions surrounding the conflict in Syria, we as people of faith are called to common prayer, asking God for wisdom and guidance, that peace might prevail and suffering end. We pray for our leaders, the military, all those who are affected by the Syrian civil war, and all those across the Middle East who stand to suffer greatly should this conflict escalate and widen to include other nations and peoples.
Along with leaders at St. James Cathedral, Temple de Hirsch Sinai, and the Church Council of Greater Seattle, I have been working this week to envision how our local interfaith community might come together in prayer. We are specifically responding to Pope Francis' call to prayer at this hour on Saturday evening, and we feel strongly that this event should begin at the Roman Catholic Cathedral and end at the local synagogue, Temple de Hirsch Sinai, while those who speak will include leaders from all three Abrahamic faith traditions.
We are resolute in our solidarity as people of faith seeking peace, and I humbly ask you to join me and our local religious brothers and sisters as we work and pray together, once again, that God's justice and peace might prevail here and now.
The Very Rev. Dr. Steven L. Thomason
Dean and Rector