Prayer for the Persecuted

Father in Heaven, you make your sun shine
On bad and good alike.
Your son, Jesus Christ, died for us all
And in his glorious Resurrection
He still retains the five wounds of his Passion.
With his divine power he now sustains
All those who suffer persecution and martyrdom
For the sake of their fidelity to the faith of the Church.
Merciful and mighty Father,
Do not allow Cain to return again to murder
Helpless Abel, innocent Abel.
May the persecuted Christians remain,
Like Mary, their Mother,
Together at the foot of the Cross
Of Christ the Martyr.
Comfort those menaced by violence
And those oppressed by uncertainty.
May your Holy Spirit of love
Make fruitful the witness and the blood
Of those who die forgiving.


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