Iraq AED starts novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help
“If you wish, please pray for us. Now is really a difficult time for Iraq. It is chaos. People suffer from so much fear. There is anger and distress, and they do not know where to go,” begged Bishop Bashar Warda, Chaldean Archbishop of Erbil.
The AED (Aid to the Church in Need) is launching a worldwide Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. It was in a church dedicated to our Blessed Mother under this title on October 31, 2010, that two priests, 44 Catholics (the numbers vary from different sources) were killed, and many severely injured.
It is suggested that the novena begin on Sunday, November 21, 2010, the feast of Christ the King, as St. Paul said “God has willed that, in Christ, all things have its total fulfillment. He wanted to reconcile all things through him and for him on earth and in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. “(Colossians 1:19-20)
Upon entering the church, the attackers shot and mocked the Cross saying to the faithful: “Tell him to save you!” In this Sunday’s Gospel, we find the same words uttered by one of the criminals crucified along with Jesus, “Are you not the Christ, save thyself and us! “
Together, we pray to Mary to intercede with her Son, Christ, King of the universe, so that peace will return to Iraq.
The AED requests to begin the novena November 21, 2010, Feast of Christ the King.
Prayer offered by the AED for the Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Give peace to the land of Iraq,
O our Lady of Perpetual Help,
We entrust to your heart and your love,
The Iraqi people,
And the Church of this land.
Guard them from injustice,
In any division,
From violence and from war.
Keep them from temptation,
and slavery of revenge.
Be with them!
Help them to overcome doubts in faith,
Fear with confidence,
Hatred with love.
O Mother of Christ,
Be their comfort,
And give strength to all those who suffer,
For the persecuted, for refugees,
Give peace to this divided land.
And all the light of hope.
Prayer inspired by John Paul II