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OUR LADY HELP OF PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MARIAN PRAYER PROGRAM
Most Reverend Jean-Clement Jeanbart
Greek Melkite Archbishop of Aleppo
My dear Brother Knights, families, and friends:
As the Archbishop of the historic see of Aleppo in Syria, where a man named Saul was brought into the Church to become St. Paul, I address you with a great sense of hope as we inaugurate this Knights of Columbus Marian Prayer Program.
This icon of Our Lady Help of Persecuted Christians touches my heart and the hearts of my people in the Middle East who have suffered so much simply for professing the name of Jesus.
I know that Our Lady will bless all those who take part in the pilgrimage with this icon, as hundreds of copies, each bearing the Apostolic Blessing of Pope Francis, are lovingly carried by Knights of Columbus from council to council, and parish to parish throughout America and all our countries.
You, my brother Knights, have heard the pleas of my people, and of all those who are persecuted for their faith in the Middle East. You, my brother Knights, have responded with great charity through the Christian Refugee Relief Fund, providing millions of dollars to help your brothers and sisters who have been driven from their homes and denied the basic needs of life. You have brought food to the hungry, drink to the thirsty, clothing to the naked, shelter to the homeless, schooling to children, and smiles to the faces of so many who thought they would never have a reason to smile again. Thank you!
Now, as this 18th Knights of Columbus prayer program begins at the behest of our Worthy Supreme Knight, there will be prayer for my people, prayer for all the heroic witnesses of our faith throughout the world. Prayer that will rise up like holy incense to the throne of God, who looks with compassion on the suffering of his people.
Prayer programs such as this have been held by the Knights since 1979, with some 20 million people taking part in 166,900 prayer services around the world. It is most humbling to know that my people will be benefitting from your profound legacy of prayer.
I look at this icon of Our Lady Help of Persecuted Christians and see a title for Mary that is tragically needed for our times. I see Christian martyrs united under the mantle of Mary, with Jesus blessing them and us. I see the crosses of different Christian traditions uniting us in prayer, from East and West; North and South; bishops, priests, laypeople, men and women religious, all united at the foot of the cross, with Mary as our Mother.
I ask everyone to continue to help my people through the Knights of Columbus.
Thank you, Supreme Knight, and you, my brother Knights, for helping us see more deeply into the mystery of love and mercy that God wishes to work through his people.
Our Lady Help of Persecuted Christians, pray for us!