Thursdays Prayer for Priests Persecuted by ISIS

This prayer appeared in a similar version for Sisters and Nuns on Tuesday:

St. Michael the Archangel, defend and protect our Priests and monks in this time of great danger in Iraq. As they are persecuted for their faith, and in their fleeing from Islamic extremist, keep anger and hatred from damaging their souls. Help them to be a candle in this chaotic night of oppression that they may draw to themselves other Christians who, for the love of Jesus, have lost everything, fleeing genocide. Keep the hands of our priests strong and steady as they consecrate the precious body and blood of our Lord, and guard their souls should they face martyrdom. Let their blood, and that of all those murdered for the love of Christ, strengthen the resolve of all who remain in exodus. Beloved St. Michael bring our holy men to safety in this world, and for those martyred in the name of Jesus, the Nazarene, guide them quickly home into His loving embrace. Amen.

A post from the Editor of the Catholic Channel, Elizabeth Scalia, has these words to offer prayer for all those being persecuted by ISIS,

Prayer for Christians in Mosul and throughout Iraq

Prayer for Christians in Mosul and throughout Iraq

Lord God hear us as we pray, Mother Mary help us to persevere in our efforts, St. Michale protect us as we fight against the evil that threatens Christianity in Iraq. 

Hear our prayers that the Christians in Mosul, and throughout the Middle East, who endure persecution, including the burning of their churches, grief over injured friends and family, kidnapping, maiming, and even the death of loved ones, will feel the confidence and security that only our Lord can give in the face of extreme hardships. 

We pray for the cessation of violence against Christians within those borders. We pray that in that hostile region, leaders will protect their people, and individuals will protect one another. 

We pray that our Lord will shield them, give them comfort and peace in the midst of despair, that they persevere in their faith in the face of martyrdom, and for the Church to be the agent of hope and forgiveness. 


(2014, Margaret Rose Realy, Obl. OSB)

And this from Frank Weathers, another Patheos writer, of praying against the persecution.