The plight of our country is deep
and the suffering of Christians is severe and frightening.
Therefore, we ask you Lord to spare our lives,
and to grant us patience,
and courage to continue our witness
of Christian values with trust and hope.
Lord, peace is the foundation of life;
Grant us the peace and stability
that will enable us to live with each other
without fear and anxiety, and with dignity and joy.
Glory be to you forever.
Written by the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Iraq,
His Beatitude Louis Rafael Sako.
(From archive of Vatican Radio)