CWN - Iraq’s leading Catholic prelate has issued an Easter prayer for “an end to the suffering of our people.”

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako urged the faithful to keep their eyes fixed on Jesus during the Easter season. “Even in the darkest hours, his resurrection rises like the sun on us and on mankind,” he said. The Patriarch added that with confidence in Christ, “no one is in a position to feel threatened.”

The Chaldean prelate went on, later in his message, to encourage Christians to make their voices heard in the country’s coming elections. "We need to participate in the upcoming vote in large numbers, with a spirit of responsibility,” he said.

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Teachings of Christ

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." (Matthew 7:7,8 ESV)

Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of despondency, carelessness, love of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)

Rather grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humility, patience, and love. (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not condemn my brother; for You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)

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Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

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