Sample Intentions for the Universal Prayer (Prayers of the Faithful) for Those Who Are Persecuted
For Christians in Iraq and Syria, that they may be granted courage, hope, and
perseverance as they bear heroic witness to their faith in this time of persecution,
we pray to the Lord.
For all our brothers and sisters fleeing persecution and war in the Middle East, that
they may find safe haven and protection, and that they may rebuild their lives in
dignity, we pray to the Lord.
For those suffering because of their Christian faith, that the Holy Spirit may fortify
them with the courage to remain strong in faith, as well as with the charity to
forgive their persecutors, we pray to the Lord.
For those who persecute Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle
East, that the light of God's truth and mercy may penetrate their hearts, and that
they may come to recognize the common humanity of all peoples and cease
committing acts of hatred, we pray to the Lord.
For those who provide assistance to refugees fleeing persecution and violence in
the Middle East, that they may continue to see the face of Christ in the most
vulnerable, we pray to the Lord.
For government leaders worldwide, that they may recognize the grave
responsibility that comes with power, and may protect the persecuted and work for
an end to violence and war, we pray to the Lord.