I will be joining millions of others in fasting today and praying for Christians who are being persecuted for their faith. The scope of the bloodshed and horror unfurling right now in the Middle East is almost unimaginable, and it is sweeping Sunni as well as Christian into its voracious maw. It is a holocaust in our time, and the very least we can do (which is also the very greatest thing we can do) is pray.
Here is Day 1:
Novena for the Persecuted Church & Religious Freedom
Oh great cloud of witnesses! Oh host of Angels and Saints worshiping God for all eternity! Oh holy ones in heaven above, Pray for us!
You who were once part of the Church on earth, you who were faithful servants of the Church Militant, you who suffered for the love of God, Pray for us!
In all ages, the Church is persecuted and hated. We pray, oh Lord, through your holy Saints, that we may be blessed with the freedom to worship and adore you at all times! We pray that you may bless your Church throughout the world and me personally with your grace to persevere with love in the face of persecution just as You did on the Cross.
(Mention your personal intentions here)
Litany of Martyrs Day 1:
St. Joan of Arc – Pray for us!
St. Valentine – Pray for us!
St. Carmen Monreno and St. Ampara Caronell – Pray for us!
St. Sebastian – Pray for us!
St. Peter – Pray for us!
St. Stephen – Pray for us!
St. Denis – Pray for us!