Posted on October 15, 2023 19:40

ِA Call for Prayer and Fasting for Peace 

"Since he is not the God of disorder but of peace" (1 Cor. 14,33)

Last night, during our Sunday chaplet prayers to MMOMI, one of our devotees shared about  a letter sent out requesting to make Tuesday, October 17th a day of prayer and fasting for the situation in the Middle East. 

It has been on my heart to do something wiith the Guild for this occasion. Starting soon, I will be offering an additional sorrowful mother's rosary during the weekday evenings at 7PM EST for Peace in the Middle East.

I will write up prayer reflections for each sorrow and I will then announce when the rosary will start.

Will you please join me?    I have enclosed the words from the letter below.

God Bless!

Tim Duff- Guardian/ Co-Founder

(Click Here for  PDF copy of the letter)

Image: St. Anthony's Messenger September 2017 


"Since he is not the God of disorder but of peace" (1 Cor. 14,33) 

Dear brothers and sisters,

may the Lord indeed give us His peace!

The pain and dismay at what is happening is great. Once again we find ourselves in the midst of a political and military crisis. We have suddenly been catapulted into a sea of unprecedented violence. The hatred, which we have unfortunately already been experiencing for too long, will increase even more, and the ensuing spiral of violence will create more destruction. Everything seems to speak of death.

Yet, in this time of sorrow and dismay, we do not want to remain helpless. We cannot let death and its sting (1 Cor 15:55) be the only word we hear.

That is why we feel the need to pray, to turn our hearts to God the Father. Only in this way we can draw the strength and serenity needed to endure these hard times, by turning to Him, in prayer and intercession, to implore and cry out to God amidst this anguish.

On behalf of all the Ordinaries of the Holy Land, I invite all parishes and religious communities to a day of fasting and prayer for peace and reconciliation.

We ask that on Tuesday, October 17, everyone hold a day of fasting, abstinence, and prayer. Let us organize prayer times with Eucharistic adoration and with the recitation of the Rosary to Our Blessed Virgin Mary. Although most probably in many parts of our dioceses circumstances will not permit large gatherings, it is possible to organize simple and sober common moments of prayer in parishes, religious communities, and families.

This is the way we all come together despite everything, and unite collectively in prayer, to deliver to God the Father our thirst for peace, justice, and reconciliation.

With sincere prayers for all,

+Pierbattista Card. Pizzaballa

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem

President of the ACOHL

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