Day of prayer for Iraqi Christians

feastBy Carey Lodge

A day of prayer is to be held tomorrow, August 6, in solidarity with Iraqi Christians suffering ongoing violence at the hands of members of the Islamic State (IS).

August 6 marks the Feast of the Transfiguration – the day Jesus appeared as radiant on Mount Tabor in Galilee before his disciples Peter, James and John.

The day, celebrated by Catholic and Orthodox traditions in particular, is considered one of hope – “a source of courage when obstacles appear impossible to surmount; a sign that light is stronger than darkness; and testimony that death can turn into life.”

Church leaders in Iraq have thus called for Christians around the world to commit to praying for an end to the spiralling crisis in Iraq and Syria, and to the violent persecution of Iraq’s ancient Christian community.