So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Rise up, O Angels of God!

From the Vatican Radio site:
The Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, has issued a statement communicating the Holy Father's prayerful concern over the violence raging in Iraq, and especially for the Christians affected by the violence.
The Holy Father renews his spiritual closeness to all those who are suffering through this painful trial, and makes the impassioned appeals of the local bishops his own, asking together with them in behalf of their sorely tried communities, that the whole Church and all the faithful raise up with one voice a ceaseless prayer, imploring the Holy Spirit to send the gift of peace.
Christians fleeing Daesh aggressors in Iraq
Image: Vatican Radio

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Almighty and merciful Father, send forth Your Holy Spirit to save Your faithful people from tyranny and death.
Protect the disciples of Your Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
and protect all people of goodwill trapped by violence and injustice.
Rise up, O holy angels of God and deliver the people of God to safety.
Saint Michael, mighty seraph and general of God's army, do battle with the forces of darkness and conquer!
Break the enemy's strongholds and free the innocent people of Iraq.
In the name of Jesus Christ, Who lives and reigns forever and ever.
Amen.

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Fast and pray for all persecuted peoples, especially those in Iraq.

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