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Good Neighbor Novena, Day 1: Syria/Iraq

August 11, 2014

August 11: Prayer for the Christians and other persecuted religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, who are facing brutal violence for their faith. Prayers are offered for them and for those who would come to their assistance. Prayers are also being offered for wisdom among the leaders of the world, that they would be led to right actions to defend the helpless.

From the Roman Catholic organizati0n Aid to the Church in Need comes this prayer composed by Patriarch Sako of Baghdad:10547635_10152582394847342_6053012912554885883_n

The plight of our country
is deep and the suffering of Christians
is severe and frightening.
Therefore, we ask you Lord
to spare our lives, and to grant us patience,
and courage to continue our witness of Christian values
with trust and hope.
Lord, peace is the foundation of life;
Grant us the peace and stability that will enable us
to live with each other without fear and anxiety,
and with dignity and joy.

Glory be to you forever.

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