Today we are asked to pray for our brothers and sisters of the churches in the east, remembering that from these ancient churches, our Catholic faith first came. Many of these church communities are now small and suffer from hardship and persecution, living under the threat of war and oppression.
Please pray for them today and perhaps use this prayer:
Heavenly Father, we pray today for peace in the world, especially in the Middle East. By your heavenly grace, strengthen the faith and hope of Eastern Christians. May they be blessed with peace and prosperity in their countries. May we be inspired by their devotion and witness to the Gospel, by their love and compassion for all in their communities, and by their courage, their endurance and self-sacrifice. Through their charity, tolerance and friendship, bring peace and reconciliation to those troubled lands, where Christianity was born and first spread. This we ask of you through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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