With Christians currently facing persecution around the world, Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson is asking all Knights of Columbus members and their families to pray A Novena of Grace and Solidarity starting this month and throughout the year.
The novena was written by Father Marcello Mastrilli, an Italian Jesuit Priest who was among approximately 100 Jesuits martyred during mission trips to Japan during the 17th century.
"We are proposing a new prayer, a Novena of Grace and Solidarity, based on the prayer of Father Mastrilli," the Supreme Knight said. "I urge all brother Knights and their families to join in this Novena of Grace and Solidarity for persecuted Christians throughout the world March 12-20. The novena can also be prayed at any time throughout the year."
Supreme Knight Anderson added, "Let us pray that, in spite of all the tribulations they face, they will remain faithful and that we will remain worthy of their trust in us."
Editor's Note: Click here for the Supreme Knight's full story on Father Mastrilli and the Novena of Grace and Solidarity that appears in the March 2017 Columbia Magazine.
A Novena of Grace and Solidarity God our Father, as St. Francis Xavier and countless of your missionaries traveled to the ends of the earth, impelled by the love of Jesus Christ, give me the grace to rely entirely on you, confident in the knowledge that you raise up the humble and the lowly. May I be united with your saints in offering you my humble tribute of thanksgiving and praise. I implore you to grant me, through your mercy, the blessing of living and dying in a state of grace. I also ask this same blessing for all those throughout the world who suffer persecution because of their faith in you. O God, you were pleased to gather to your Church the peoples of the world by the preaching and miracles of all your saints; mercifully grant that I may imitate their virtues and so bear witness to the Gospel of your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.