In a brief message posted on the web site of the Chaldean Catholic Patriarchate of Baghdad, His Beatitude Louis Rafael I Sako, Chaldean Archbishop of Baghdad has called upon all Christians to pray for the Iraqi Christians this Friday:
I am calling all Christians all over the world to join us in praying for peace and stability in Iraq in the first anniversary of the conquest by ISIS of the Christian villages of the Nineveh Plain on August 7, 2014, (less than a month after that of Mosul).
His Beatitude has also published the text of a prayer to assist us in heeding his plea:
Lord Jesus Christ,
You taught us to pray to the Father in your name, and you assured us that whatever we asked for, we would receive.
Therefore, we come to you with complete confidence asking you to give us the strength to stand fast in this violent storm, to reach peace and security before it is too late:
This is our prayer, and although it seems difficult for us, we trust you to give us all we need for our survival and our future.
Help us, Father, to continue working together, to be free, responsible and loving, to fulfill your will, joyfully, carefully, and courageously.
At Cana, Jesus’ Mother was the first to notice there was no wine.
Please, do not forget to fast and pray for our brothers and sisters who suffer so greatly for bearing the name of Christ.Through her intercession, we ask you, Father, to change our situation - as your son changed water into wine - from death into life. Amen.