If you are anywhere near Manhattan…

I received this by email:

Tonight (August 22nd, 2014), after the 6pm traditional Mass at the Church of the Holy Innocents, there will be another prayer vigil for the Christians in Iraq and Syria.

We already had one on Monday, August 11, 2014. You can read more about that vigil here in the Archdiocesan newspaper CATHOLIC NEW YORK:

There will be another one on Friday, September 12, 2014 after the 6pm Mass.

For tonight’s vigil and for the one on September 12th, there will be free buttons like the one you can see below, which will be worn in solidarity.

What better place to have a public rally on this matter than at a church called “Holy Innocents”?

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  1. Legisperitus says:

    I would buy one of those buttons if they sold them.

  2. Gregg the Obscure says:

    Our Denver KofC council is conducting 40 days of prayer for persecuted Christians starting on 8/29 (Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist) through 10/7 (Our Lady of the Rosary). Through them I learned of this prayer which is attributed to a group called Aid to the Church in Need:
    “Father in Heaven, you make your sun shine
    on good and bad alike.
    Your Son Jesus Christ died for us
    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 persecuted Christians around the world
    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.

  3. YoungLatinMassGuy says:

    If I wasn’t on the West Coast, I’d be there. Instead, at Mass (In the Extraordinary Form of course.) this afternoon, I prayed for the Christians in Iraq, and for the conversion of the muslims throughout the world.

    I think it would be grand if, in addition to having prayer vigils outside of baby-killing factories abortion “clinics” (And I use that term very loosely…), we also set up prayer vigils outside of mosques (both shiite and sunni) throughout the Western World. muslims need to see and be confronted with the many errors of mohammed, and there are many. And more importantly, more than almost any other group on planet earth in my opinion, they need to convert to The Faith.

  4. Allan S. says:

    Father, if you or someone can get these up for sale, I’m pretty sure we would all buy and wear one.

  5. Gratias says:

    I would enjoy attending a daily Mass at Holy Innocents if Cardinal Dolan does not close it down before my next trip to NYC.

  6. djc says:

    I’d buy one for sure.

  7. Supertradmum says:

    Would it not be wonderful if all parishes in America had such a vigil? Although the priest is very good in this area, the people are asleep and do not want to hear about martyrdom. They choose to live in the 1980s.

    Where can one get those buttons?

  8. Mr. Screwtape says:

    If anyone would like a button, please contact the parish office. There is no charge but a small donation would be appropriate.

    The Vigil was quite well attended. As we were dispersing after the prayers, a cross of light appeared in the sky. A celestial confirmation of a “vibrant community of faith”. It was a beautiful sight!

  9. One of those TNCs says:

    A Holy Hour for Persecuted Christians was offered at the Sts. Simon and Jude Cathedral (Bp. Thomas Olmsted) in Phoenix yesterday. It was a powerful hour of prayer, and the cathedral was packed.

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