Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Prayer for Christians in Mosul

There is a Dominican Priory in Mosul, Iraq.

The Spiritual Director of the Pontifical College Josephinum, a Dominican Priest of the Province of St Joseph in the United States, received the following message from his Provincial Superior, who received it from his brother superior in the Middle East.

It was written yesterday by a Dominican brother in Mosul.  Please pray.
Bad news.  I write you in a critical and apocalyptic situation of violence in Mosul.  Most of the inhabitants of the city have already abandoned their houses and fled into the villages and are sleeping in the open without anything to eat or drink.  Many thousands of armed men from the Islamic Groups of Da’ash have attacked the city of Mosul for the last two days. They have assassinated adults and children.  The bodies have been left in the streets and in the houses by the hundreds, without pity.  The regular forces and the army have also fled the city, along with the governor.  In the mosques, they cry “Allah Akbar, long live the Islamic State.”  Qaraqosh is overflowing with refugees of all kinds, without food or lodging.  The check points and the Kurdish forces are blocking innumerable refugees from entering Kurdistan.  What we are living and what we have seen over the last two days is horrible and catastrophic.  The priory of Mar Behnam and other churches fell into the hands of the rebels this morning. . . . and now they have come here and entered Qaraqosh five minutes ago, and we are now surrounded and threatened with death . . . . pray for us. I’m sorry that I can’t continue . . . They are not far from our convent . . . .Don’t reply. . . .
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In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Our help is in the Name of the Lord.
— Who made heaven and earth.

Ant. The waves of death rose about me; the pains of the netherworld surrounded me. In my anguish I called to The Lord, and from his holy Temple he heard my voice (Ps. 18:5-7).

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

The waves of death...

Kyrie, eleison.
— Christe, eleison. Kyrie, eleison.

Our Father...

And lead us not into temptation.
— But deliver us from evil.

The Lord said: I think thoughts of peace and not of affliction.
— You will call upon me, and I will answer you (Jer. 29:11-12, 14).

I will lead back your captives from every place.
— You will call upon me, and I will answer you.

Peace, I leave with you.
— My peace I give to you, says The Lord (Jn. 14:27).

Not as the world gives do I give it to you.
— Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.

O Lord, hear my prayer.
— And let my cry come unto you.

Let us pray.

O GOD, author and lover of peace, to know you is to live, to serve you is to reign; defend against every attack those who cry to you, so that we, who trust in your protection, may not fear the weapons of any foe. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit: one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Our Lady of Victory, pray for us.

St Joseph, pray for us.

St Michael, pray for us.

St Dominic, pray for us.

All holy angels and saints, pray for us.

Let us bless The Lord.
— Thanks be to God.

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.