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Prayer at Mass for Persecuted Christians

The National Catholic Register has a report about a campaign to add Prayer at the end of Mass for Persecuted Christians. I am all for it! In fact, I will go one step further. I think that this prayer should be added to the Leonine Prayers and the entire set of prayers added to the end of mass.

A concerted effort is under way in Rome and in dioceses around the world to have Pope Francis introduce a prayer for the poor, persecuted and oppressed at the end of every Sunday Mass. 
The Register has learned that Church officials at the highest levels are “extremely interested” in having such a prayer inserted into all celebrations of Sunday Mass in accordance with the liturgical norms of the Missale Romanum 2002, the Missale Romanum 1962 and the liturgical customs and norms of the Eastern Churches.
The initiative is being taken not only because of the increasing persecution of Christians, but also in view of the many victims of abortion, human trafficking, poverty and oppression around the world. 
It follows regular appeals from Pope Francis, who has urged people to speak out against persecution of Christians, whom he has likened to the Church’s first martyrs. Cardinal Timothy Dolan also made a point of bringing it to people’s attention. In his final speech as president of the U.S. bishops’ conference last November, he called on his brother bishops to champion the cause of people persecuted for their faith and to fight to protect religious freedom.
“Our Christian brothers and sisters [are] experiencing lethal persecution on a scale that defies belief,” he told the USCCB general assembly in Baltimore.

The Leonine Prayers...

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
(Said 3 times)

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee to we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mouring and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this exile, show unto us the blessed Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.
O God, our refuge and our strength, look down with mercy upon the people who cry to Thee; and by the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Saint Joseph her spouse, of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the saints, in Thy mercy and goodness hear our prayers for the conversion of sinners, and for the liberty and exaltation of the Holy Mother the Church. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray: and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us.
*subhead*Amen.*subhead*

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6 comments:

Patrick Archbold said...

Oh to have the Leonine Prayers with the St. Michael Prayer especially added to the end of every mass! I see nothing but good coming from it. But you know it's going to be some form of fluffy "Dear Jesus" prayer.

Patrick Archbold said...

Just return the Leonine prayers with the intention being for persecuted Christians and the conversion of the entire World to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.


Done.

Patrick Archbold said...

Yes. This is overdue and a good idea. Time to take the western narrative of the Christian being wealthy and doing the persecuting and mix in reality. Which is thataside from the decaying US and europe, where Chrisitan obedience is in the toilet, the Christian Church is more than ever impoverished. In third world countries. Faithful and oh, so very persecuted.

Patrick Archbold said...

I'm all in! This is how we enculturate our faith, by putting it into practice.
How we pray, is what we believe!
Blessed fifth day Divine Mercy Novena

Patrick Archbold said...

Good points. Maybe even adding the conversion of the enemies of The Lord.

As for the "fluff," well, it has to start somewhere. Frankly, it's long over due.

Patrick Archbold said...

Another vote for reinstating the Leonine prayers after Mass, NO that is; as they are still said at the end of the EF.

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