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Icon of the Mother of God of Bethlehem
On Sept. 1 begins the Liturgical year and as we begin a new year, we are ever aware
of the many things we should pray and fast for. As a part of our prayer, we will have
the honor of taking the Icon of the Mother of God of Bethlehem to our homes (for a
week) as a special way of praying. This icon was made and brought from the Holy
Land almost 4 years ago. It had traveled all over the Holy Land an d it was blessed
by being touched to the holiest places and shrines in Christendom. There will be a sign
up sheet to host this icon in your homes and I encourage you to do so as a way of
praying to God that he may grant us his peace. The icon is currently enshrined on the
Special Prayer Intentions
-The Christians of Mosul, Iraq and the Christians facing persecution and death under the Islamic
State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS).
-The child refugees leaving their homes to come to the United States facing kidnapping, extortion,
slavery and death as they journey towards an uncertain future in the United States.
-The civilian victims, especially the children, of the conflict in the Holy Land and in Gaza, caught
between the bombs of Israel and the missiles of Hamas.
-The civilian victims of the nationalistic violence in Ukraine, between Christian Ukrainian forces
and Christian Russian separatists, especially the passengers of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight
-The victims of Islamist violence in Africa and the kidnapped Christian girls of Nigeria, taken by
Boku Haram Islamist militants, for their families and those who are under threat of other terrorist
actions by Boku Haram.