Novena of Prayerful Solidarity for the Dominican Family in Iraq

July 29 to August 6, 2016
Novena of Prayerful Solidarity for the Dominican Family in Iraq

Two years ago, on ​August 6, 2014, hundreds of members of our Dominican Family (sisters, friars and laity), along with thousands of their Iraqi brothers and sisters, were forced to flee from their homes in the early hours of the morning, with little but what they could carry in their arms.  ISIS swept through the northern Iraqi Nineveh Plain that day with a vengeance.

The Dominican "Iraq Solidarity Committee" is planning a NOVENA​ of PRAYERFUL SOLIDARITY​ ​this​ July-August to show our Dominican Family in Iraq​ that they are not alone​.​​ The Novena begins on July 29th and ends on the Feast of the Transfiguration (the day they had to flee their homes in 2014).

​A flier​ has been prepared for all who want to participate, accompanying our Dominican Family in prayerful solidarity on this tragic anniversary.​  Do involve your local communities, parishes, campus ministries and lay chapters in this time of prayer and supplication, and feel free to invite others into this time of prayer. ​

We are invited once again to heed Isaiah's prophecy to "beat swords into plowshares" (Is. 2:4).


PRAYER: In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, when we also celebrate 800 years for Order of Preachers, open our hearts, Merciful God, to the needs of our Dominican Family in Iraq. Help us to be vigilant in our care and purpose on their behalf. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Christ. Amen.

July 29: For children and youth
Reflection: I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God ( John 11:27)
July 30: For parents and elders
Reflection: let your saving help, O God, protect me. (Psalm 69:30b)
July 31: For CNEWA and all the agencies providing care and services
Reflection: Here is one who has labored with wisdom and knowledge and skill. (Ecclesiates 2:21a)
August 1: For Refugees throughout the Middle East
Reflection: the prophet who prophesies peace is recognized as truly sent by the LORD (Jeremiah 28:9)
August 2: For Iraqi Dominican Friars and all Iraqi clergy in exile
Reflection: Jesus spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” (Matthew 14:27)
August 3: For Dominican Sisters of St Catherine of Siena, Iraq
Reflection: The LORD has delivered his people, the remnant of Israel. (Jeremiah 31:7)
August 4: For Presentation Dominican Sisters in Iraq
Reflection: Give me back the joy of your salvation, and a willing spirit sustain in me. (Ps 51:14)
August 5: For Iraqi Lay Dominicans
Reflection: See, upon the mountains there advances the bearer of good news, announcing peace! (Nahum 2:1)
August 6: On the 2nd Anniversary of the exodus of the Nineveh Plain Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord For all who suffer the trauma of these past years.
Reflection: Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” (Lk 9:35)
*Each scripture quote for reflection is from the readings of the day for the liturgy in the Latin Rite.
Iraq Solidarity Committee


(15 July 2016)