---- — PLATTSBURGH — All are invited to pray for peace in Syria at St. Peter’s Church on Saturday evening.
The local Catholic church’s Peace Prayer Vigil coincides with others around the world, called by Pope Francis at the Vatican.
The Plattsburgh event is set for 7 p.m. in the parish’s Prayer Garden at the intersection of North Catherine and Cornelia streets and will end as the sun sets with candle lighting and hymns.
The vigil is on the eve of the Feast of the Birth of Mary, Queen of Peace, a press release from St. Peter’s Church said.
“The Prayer Vigil is not a military or political statement,” it said. “It will draw from the rich tradition of the church to implore God to assist humanity to listen to the Prince of Peace.
“Scripture will be proclaimed, hymns sung, the Rosary recited, prayers of petition lifted to God and silence observed.”
The pope called upon all humanity “to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative,” the release said.
He also, in an address last Sunday to a large crowd in St. Peter’s Square in Rome, invited people to fast that day for peace.
At Saturday’s vigil, the pontiff said, “... we will gather in prayer and in a spirit of penance, invoking God’s great gift of peace upon the beloved nation of Syria and upon each situation of conflict and violence around the world.
“Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace.”