Responding to a call from the Very Reverend G. Gregory Gay, C.M., superior general of the Congregation of the Mission, the Niagara University community came together in prayer at 12:30 p.m. today for those suffering from persecution, violence and destruction in Iraq.
Kristina Schliesman, campus minister, and alumna Ashley Serwon recited the following:
We join our cries today with the people of Iraq:
Who have seen too much violence,
Who have seen too much war,
Who have seen too much displacement,
Who have seen too much mourning
And borne far too great a burden.
We cry out for peace.
We cry out for stability.
We cry out for healing.
We cry out for neighbors living as neighbors,
as we were meant to live.
So, we turn in prayer toward our neighbors in Iraq
in their time of great need.
In solidarity with these sisters and brothers,
we cry out to you:
Let there be joy where there is mourning.
Let there be hope where there is fear.
Let there be stillness where there is violence.
And let there be peace.
A just and lasting peace.
Lord, your grace abounds.
May it rest upon the peoples of Iraq today and always.
Friday, Aug. 22, was also the Feast of the Queenship of Mary.