September 14 is the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross.
Also the National Day of Prayer for Peace in Iraq and Syria.
Jesus, you taught nothing but love and compassion
Yet, you suffered as a refugee fleeing for your life.
You suffered the brutality of the cross.
We pray for your people in Iraq and Syria,
especially our brothers and sisters in faith,
Who this day flee for their lives,
and who face death, losing their children, mothers, fathers.
Give them courage and bring them hope and protection.
Help them to flee swiftly and bring them to places of safety.
We pray against those who perpetrate this cruelty,
May they be stopped. May they be convicted of this evil.
May they be removed from all power.
May their hearts be turned to fervent sorrow.
Jesus, Prince of Peace, have mercy upon them.
Jesus, Prince of Peace, give us a voice for peace.