Our Holy Father and our God, we pray these words of Yours back to You on behalf of our brothers and sisters in the Middle East, who find themselves persecuted and martyred…
Lord, how they have increased who trouble me!
Many are they who rise up against me.
Many are they who say of me,
“There is no help for him in God.”
But You, O Lord, are a shield for me,
My glory and the One who lifts up my head.
I cried to the Lord with my voice,
And He heard me from His holy hill.
I lay down and slept;
I awoke, for the Lord sustained me.
I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people
Who have set themselves against me all around.
Arise, O Lord;
Save me, O my God!
For You have struck all my enemies on the cheekbone;
You have broken the teeth of the ungodly.
Salvation belongs to the Lord.
Your blessing is upon Your people.
We pray, O God, that You, the Judge of all the earth, will do right. May those who persecute die the death of baptism and faith, that they may be buried and resurrected with Christ. And to those who are not so converted, O God, may Your Son be the Blood Avenger of those they have martyred for their faith.
All this we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.