SPIRITUAL WARFARE: Prayer for the Defense of the Church & All Christians
In searching for prayers I compiled from different sources last year about this time titled for Protection from Persecution by Unbelievers & for their Conversion, I also happened upon the text of an email I sent to the clergy I am honored to serve. As the situation has not changed in the course of the last year, I share this with you, along with some of the prayers. For those interested, I will try to have the full text of these prayers as well as the propers for the Votive Mass for the Defense of the Church on the archdiocesan website liturgical resources page. (It might take a day or two.)
I share the original letter and some of the prayers with you here in the meantime.
|A mosaic from the Church of Saint Clement in Rome|
Glory to Jesus Christ now and forever!
No I am not asking for money! It is much more important than that. I am asking for your prayers.
Violence against Christians,as well as other religious minorities, in the Middle East is increasing day by day. Extremists Muslims are out of control and moderate Muslims, except for the few brave voices, are silent. Perhaps because apathy, but more likely fear, because they are the "wrong kind" of Muslims who could be next on the terror list after the Christians are wiped out.
Some of you are active politically in your attempts to stop the violence and I applaud you for that.
Our Lord instructs us that some demons can not be cast out as easily as others. When His disciples asked him privately why they were not able to cast the demons out of a boy,".. He said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting." Certainly those persecuting Christians are under the influence of the worst kind of evil. Please join me in praying for those being tortured and killed. Please join me in praying and fasting for the protection of those remaining and the conversion of those committing these atrocities.
The attached one page Prayers for Protection from Persecution by Unbelievers & for their Conversion is compiled from three sources; the Byzantine Troparion (short hymn) of the Holy Cross, a litany of saints, the majority of whom were martyred by Muslims, and finally a modified version of the Third Collect of Good Friday from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.
Should you find these prayers useful, you are free to disseminate them to the four winds. All I ask is that you do so without modifying them.
O Lord, save Your people,
and bless Your inheritance!
Grant victory to all right believing Christians
over their adversaries,
and by virtue of Your cross,
preserve Your habitation.(1)
Our Lady of Victory; intercede for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel; defend us in battle.
Saint George, pray for us.
Saint Casilda of Toledo, pray for us.
Saints Abdon and Sennen, pray for us.
Saints Nunilo and Alodia, pray for us.
Saint Abo of Tiflis, Pray for us.
Saint Bashnouna, of Scetes, pray for us.
Saint Philotheos of Egypt, prayer for us
Saint Bernulf of Asti, pray for us.
Saint John of Syracuse, pray for us.
Saint Triantafyllos, pray for us.
Saint Filothei, pray for us.
Saint Cosmas of Aetolia, pray for us.
Saint Anthim the Iberian, pray for us.
Saints Adolphus and John, pray for us.
Holy Martyrs of Córdoba, pray for us.
Forty-two Holy Martyrs of Amorium, pray for us. (2)
O merciful God, who has made all men, and hates nothing that You have made, nor desires the death of a sinner, but rather that he should be converted and live; have mercy upon all Infidels, and Heretics, and take from them all ignorance, hardness of heart, and contempt of Your Word; and so fetch them home, blessed Lord, to Your flock, that they may be saved among the remnant of the true Israelites, and be made one fold under one shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, unto the ages of ages. Amen.(3)
(1) Troparion of the Holy Cross
(2) Litany of Saints (except Our Lady, St. Michael and St. George) all were martyred by Muslims
(3) 1662 BCP Third Prayer of Good Friday
Compiled by Abp. Dominic Martin, 2013, Mustard Tree Publications, Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of St. Titus