Please, take a moment, right now and pray for our Christian brothers and sisters in Iraq, who are being killed for their faith as you read this! Christ told us that as Christians we would be persecuted for our faith and belief in him. Please pray for these martyrs, and for our government and the world’s leaders to stand up and put an end to these violent atrocities!
Chaldean Patriarch to Christians of Mosul:
“We your shepherds will stay with you to the end.”
“Our suffering will be salvation to us and others.”
“Nun (ن), the 14th letter of the Arabic alphabet (the equivalent of letter N in our Roman alphabet), is the first letter of the word Nasara (نصارى : Nazarenes), the way Muslims have called Christians since the beginning of their invasion of the Christian world in the 7th century — Christians under Muslim rule never called themselves thus, since the intent of Muslims was to portray Christians as a contemptible and disobedient sect.
Nun. The yoke of my iniquities hath watched: they are folded together in his hand, and put upon my neck: my strength is weakened: the Lord hath delivered me into a hand out of which I am not able to rise. (Lamentations, 1)
I’ll start my speech by the Word of Christ, as His Word is the source of strength and salvation of us, the poor of this lost world: “There is no need to be afraid, little flock” (Luke 12:32).Our present pain is associated with our Christianity and with the mystery of our Passover (i.e., Easter). Our suffering, if joined to the suffering of our Savior Jesus, “Man of Sorrows”, will turn out to be a blessing and salvation to us and to others.
And the current challenges are faced with more faith, hope, and prayer and solidarity and wisdom. Be brave in front of what you are facing, do not be afraid: you have deep roots in Iraq, do not give up for frustration and despair, confident that, “all who draw the sword will die by the sword” (Matthew 26:52) and evil does not last! You are the small mustard seed, the Lord will not let you fall. He is with you today, tomorrow, and after tomorrow, and forever.We are your shepherds and, with our full responsibility towards you, we will stay with you to the end, [we] will not leave you, whatever the sacrifices. I repeat: do not be afraid; stay strong as you are with your faith and your hope and love. We thank God for your safety, as, no matter what, your life has no price.God’s blessing be upon you.
Please join me in praying for these brave Christians souls, that our Lord might keep them safe, reenforce them with his courage, and might bring their souls to his Heavenly Banquet at the moment of their death. All ye saints and heavenly angels come to their aid!
May Choirs of Angels escort them into paradise!