Rorate Caeli

Apocalyptic: Pray for the Church in Syria, it experiences the Great Tribulation!

"Remember in your prayers the Church in Syria, 
which now has God for its shepherd, instead of me."
(Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Epistle to the Romans)
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The presence here today of the Patriarch of Alexandria of the Copts and of the Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans; of the Papal Representatives in the Holy Land and in Syria; of the Auxiliary Bishop of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem; and of the Custody of the Holy Land, carries my heart to the Holy Places of our Redemption, but also renews in me the vivid ecclesial concern for so many brothers and sisters who live in a situation of insecurity and seemingly interminable violence which does not spare the innocent and most helpless. Constant and trusting prayer is required of us believers, that the Lord might grant the longed-for peace, joined to sharing and concrete solidarity. I would like to renew once more, from the depths of my heart, an appeal to the leaders of nations and of international organisations, to believers of every religion, and to women and men of good will to put an end to all suffering, to all violence, to all religious, cultural and social discrimination. The confrontation that sows death should give place to the encounter and the reconciliation that brings life. To all those who suffer I say forcefully: never lose hope! The Church is close to you, the Church walks with you and sustains you! I call upon you to do everything possible to alleviate the grave necessities of the stricken populations, especially of Syria. The beloved Syrian people . . . the ever increasing number of refugees and displaced persons. Saint Ignatius of Antioch himself asked the Christians of Rome: “Remember in your prayers the Church in Syria . . . Jesus Christ Himself will look over it, and your charity” (Letter to the Romans, IX,I). We too, you and I, repeat, “Remember in your prayers the Church in Syria . . . Jesus Christ Himself will look over it, and your charity.” I entrust the innumerable victims to the Lord of life, and I implore the Most Holy Mother of God that she might console the many people who are experiencing the “great tribulation” (Rev. 7:14). And it is truly a great tribulation!
Franciscus
June 20, 2013

6 comments:

Osusanna said...

Mary Help of Christians pray for us.
Praying.

Edward More said...

I can't even imagine the scale of suffering being endured by the Christians in Syria at the hands of the sunni Mohemaddan extremists!! Any of the crosses in the life of somebody in a western nation seems like nothing in comparison. Churches desecrated, families butchered, women raped... The list is too painful to even describe... What the Mohameddans could not accomplish on their own during 1300 years, they are now accomplishing with the aid of the globalists. And all this unnecessary suffering due to their diabolical plan of knocking out Iran's ally... It does seem like the road to Tehran does indeed lead through Damascus.

I sometimes wonder if all the events in the Middle East in the past decade (including the destruction in Syria) are prophesied in this passage of the book of revelation:

"And the sixth angel sounded the trumpet: and I heard a voice from the four horns of the great altar, which is before the eyes of God, Saying to the sixth angel, who had the trumpet: LOOSE THE FOUR ANGELS, WHO ARE BOUND IN THE GREAT RIVER EUPHRATES. And the four angels were loosed, who were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year: for to kill the third part of men." (Apocalypse 9:13-15)

For, if it is indeed the case that recent events are described by the above passage - the last part "for to kill the third part of men." is ominous indeed. According to Father Herman Kramer in "The book of destiny", this passage refers to a world conflagration in which a third part of humanity perishes.

Let us all pray earnestly and fervently for the suffering Christians of the middle east!!

Hayfarmer said...

The countries of the UK, France, and the US are funding and arming the "rebel" mercenaries and terrorists to eliminate all Chritianity in the Middle East while securing the natural gas of Syria. From Tunesia, to Libya, to Egypt, and now Syria, look how the Christian churches are destroyed and Christians martyred. Is their blood on our hands because we fail to speak against this unjust war?

Deoacveritati said...

My prayers are indeed with the Syrian people, especially with our Christians brethren who are suffering so much during this difficult time.


Mary Help of Christians pray for us!!!

Regular Gora said...

@Edward please be careful of generalizations. The Shi`a Muslims are fighting the Sunni terrorists. Bashar al-Assad, the President of Syria which allowed Christianity to be practiced as openly as any other religion, is an Alawite Muslim. Not all Muslims are heartless, child killing, women raping, organ eating, animals. It is only the Sunnis. The Shi`a and other sects still, for the most part, have as much humanity as any good Christian would.

Edward More said...

Yes, I agree that Shia muslims are probably a little more tolerant. If you read my article carefully you will see that I specifically mention sunnis as being responsible for the barbarities against Christians, although remember also that Iran, where Christianity is extremely controlled and limited to a bare minimum - is a Shia muslim theocracy. At the end of the day, both Shia and Sunni Mohameddans follow the Koran, from which follows their hate filled, war like religion which proclaims that it is a good thing to kill Christians etc