We need to pray for God's aid and protection for religious freedom here at home and for the atrocities around the world, and for strength the martyrs persecuted now.
Prayers today for this day called by Most Reverend John Berg. See our pastor's letter and prayers here
by Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter
July 26, 2014
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.
Suggested Prayers to be said, preferably before the Blessed Sacrament.."
PRAYER FOR PEACE
Give peace in our times, O Lord, because there is none other that fightest for us, but only Thou, O our God.
V. Peace be within thy walls.
R. And abundance within thy towers.
Let us pray.
O God from Whom all holy desires, all right councils and all just works do proceed, give unto Thy servants that peace which the world cannot give, that both our hearts may be set to obey Thy commandments, and also that we being delivered from the fear of our enemies, may pass our time, under Thy protection, in rest and quietness. Through Christ our Lord.
Saint Charbel, pray for us.
Saint Peter in Chains, pray for us.
Sacred Heart of Jesus. Have mercy on us.