Wednesday, July 23, 2014

August 1: Global Day of Eucharistic Adoration for Persecuted Christians in Middle East

By now, you have hopefully heard of the ethnic cleansing in Mosul, Iraq.  ISIS terrorists forced Christians and others out of their homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Their directive: Convert to Islam in 24 hours, or die. 

The FSSP has initiated this, asking all apostolates to join in.  Given the time frame, it gives priests and people an opportunity to prepare. Here is their post:

July 22, 2014: August 1, Day of Prayer for Christians persecuted in Iraq, Syria and the Middle East 
The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter asks all of its apostolates around the world to dedicate Friday, August 1 to a day of prayer and penance for the Christians who are suffering terrible persecution in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East.

August 1 is the First Friday of the month and the Feast of St. Peter in Chains, which is celebrated as a Third Class Feast in FSSP houses and apostolates.  It is the feast in which we read of the great power of the persevering prayer of members of the Church: “Peter therefore was kept in Prison. But prayer was made without ceasing by the Church unto God for him.” (Acts 12:5)

This feast of our Patron should be an invitation to the faithful to join us in Holy Hours and other fitting prayers  to beg the Most Holy Trinity that these members of the Mystical Body may persevere in the faith, and that, like St. Peter, they may be delivered from this terrible persecution.  May such a day serve as a reminder to us of the stark contrast that stands between our days of vacation and ease, and their daily struggle for survival as they are killed or exiled from their homes.

I hope bishops and priests will join this effort in their dioceses and parishes on the same day.  Find an Adoration chapel and join in, regardless.


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