Praying for peace

Normally at St Leo’s before Mass we sing a verse or a short hymn
then Colum lights our Bethlehem candle before our icon
and we say together:

Father, we pray for peace in the  Holy Land,
in Syria, Iraq, the Yemen
and in all the troubled countries where people’s lives are spoiled or threatened
by violence and war.
We pray for a change of heart
in those who need to show mercy.