Click on the picture below and read the Homily Fr. Daren Zehnle preached in Hawaii on August 10th regarding the persecution of Christians in Iraq that included the Prayer for Persecuted Christians in Iraq that includes the prayer by His Beatitude Louis Raphael I Sako, Patriarch of Baghdad,  that was read at the General meeting on August 14, 2014.  In that homily, Fr. Daren summed up his homily by saying “My friends, we cannot claim to love our brothers and sisters, we cannot claim to be members of the Church or even to be Christians without feeling their sufferings and without doing all that we can to come to their aid.”

Although the Patriarch wrote his prayer from the perspective of an Iraqi, there is no reason we cannot pray it as it is because we are all one. Let us, then, pray in the name of our brothers and sisters (as prayed at the meeting), which is shown below…………………………

 

 

Fr. Daren J. Zehnle, K.H.S. is a priest of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois studying canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

Lord,

 
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.
 Amen.
 
–  His Beatitude Louis Raphael I Sako, Patriarch of Baghdad,  Iraq   .