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07/21/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – The International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety), a nonprofit based out of Nigeria, has released a report in which they say that roughly 3,462 Christians have been killed already in 2021 by Fulani militants and Boko Haram throughout Nigeria. In addition, 3000 Christians have been abducted, while 300 churches and ten priests have been attacked.

The report states that “The Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen are responsible for majority of the killings with at least 1,909 Christian deaths in 200 days, followed by Boko Haram, ISWAP and Muslim Fulani Bandits who jointly killed 1,063 Christians, while Nigerian Army, joined by the Nigeria Police Force and other branches of the Armed Forces accounted for 490 Christian deaths. The 3,462 Christian deaths include additional 300 deaths representing Christian deaths arising from deaths in the captivity of the jihadists, on average of three deaths out of every 30 Christians abducted and disappeared and another additional deaths of 150 technically representing ‘dark figures of crime’.

The number of Churches threatened or attacked and closed or destroyed or burnt since January 2021 is also estimated to be around 300 with at least ten priests or pastors abducted or killed by the jihadists.

It is deeply saddening that till date those responsible for the anti Christian butcheries in the country have continued to evade justice and remained unchecked, untracked, uninvestigated and untried; leading to impunity and repeat-atrocities. The surviving victims and families of the dead victims are also totally abandoned by the Government of Nigeria. The Nigerian Government has continued to face sharp criticisms and strong accusations of culpability and complicity in the killings and supervision of same.”

Please continue to pray for the grieving friends and family of those who have been killed in Nigeria, and for the government to gain wisdom and motivation to protect its Christian citizens. Please also pray for the world to recognize the scale of the suffering that believers endure in the country, as well as for the souls of those who persecute the church, that all will repent and find salvation in Christ.

https://www.persecution.org/2021/07/21/3462-christians-killed-nigeria-200-days-3000-abducted-300-churches-attacked/

Litany for the Persecuted Church

O God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth, 
O God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
O God the Holy Spirit, Sanctifier of the Faithful,
O holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, three Persons and one God, 

Lest we forget Your own persecution and death upon the cross for our redemption,
Lest we forget the crushing grief of Your Blessed Mother, Mary, sorrowing before the cross at Your bloody sweat and agony, 
Lest we forget how Your Holy Apostles, bereft of their master, walked in fear while they awaited the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter,
Lest we forget St. John the Baptist, who proclaimed You to be the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, 
Lest we forget Your martyr, St. Stephen, crying out to You to forgive his persecutors as they stoned him to death, 
Lest we forget Your Holy Apostles who, enlivened by the Holy Spirit, went to their deaths for preaching Your Holy Gospel, 
Lest we forget St. John, the Disciple whom You loved, suffering exile at Patmos and comforting Your Holy Church with the Holy Gospel which bears his name, his epistles, and Your Revelation to him, in the face of severe persecution,
Lest we forget all the saints and martyrs who served You faithfully throughout the ages, many of whom were slain for bearing Your Name,

To Your perfect life and sacrificial death on the cross,
To Your glorious Resurrection from the tomb on the third day,
To Your majestic Ascension into heaven on the fortieth day, 
To Your Holy Word and Sacraments,
To Your saving grace,
To Your living presence,
To Your loving arms,
To the balm of Your mercy,
To Your brilliant light,
To Your comforting Spirit, 
To Your faithful service, 

Help us to love You as You have loved us and to love our neighbors as ourselves;
Help us to pray for and sustain Your persecuted Church, wherever it is called upon to suffer for You,
Help us to love the enemies of Your Church and to pray for their repentance and conversion,
Help us to bear witness to Your truth with strong voices in our daily lives and against all adversity,

From all thoughts of vengeance,
From all thoughts and deeds of violence, especially against the weak, the unborn, and the defenseless,
From all thoughts of hatred and malice,
From all unkindness, uncaring, and selfishness,
From hypocrisy and pride,
From hardness of heart, greed, and neglect of our persecuted brothers and sisters,
From lack of courage in defending Your Holy Church and Holy Word,
From failing to show mercy and forgiveness to others,
From failure to resist slander, imprisonment, and pain for Your sake; from denial of Your Name and Gospel in the face of death,

Upon Christian women, widowed and abandoned by acts of persecution, and children orphaned by the same,
Upon Your people who are made sick, starving, or deprived of gathering together in Your Holy Church,
Upon Your servants forced into slavery, captivity, and exile through the evil of others,
Upon Your people turned to anger from witnessing vile acts of violence against their loved ones,
Upon all those who commit grievous sins against the faithful, through hatred, contempt, or ignorance,

We implore You, gracious Father, Fount of all Love, heal and protect Your divided and persecuted Church; 
We implore You, Lord Jesus Christ, our Holy Redeemer, to forgive the sins of Your poor servants;
We implore You, Holy Spirit, Comforter of the afflicted, assist and strengthen the oppressed and persecuted;

Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,
Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,
Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,

O Lord,
O Christ,
O Lord,
O Christ, arise and help us!


have mercy upon us. 
have mercy upon us.

have mercy upon us.

have mercy upon us.



revive us, O Persecuted Lamb of God.



in Your mercy, revive us, O Lord.




in Your mercy, revive us, O Lord.



in Your mercy, revive us, O Lord.



in Your mercy, revive us, O Lord.



in Your mercy, revive us, O Lord.






in Your mercy, revive us, O Lord.



in Your mercy, revive us, O Lord.


turn us, good Lord. 

turn us, good Lord. 

turn us, good Lord. 
turn us, good Lord. 
turn us, good Lord. 
turn us, good Lord. 
turn us, good Lord. 
turn us, good Lord. 
turn us, good Lord. 
turn us, good Lord. 
turn us, good Lord. 



we implore You, good Lord.


we implore You, good Lord.


we implore You, good Lord.


we implore You, good Lord.

Savior, deliver us.


Savior, deliver us.
Savior, deliver us.

Savior, deliver us.
Savior, deliver us.


Savior, deliver us.

Savior, deliver us.

Savior, deliver us.



Savior, deliver us.



have mercy, O Lord.


have mercy, O Lord.


have mercy, O Lord.


have mercy, O Lord.


have mercy, O Lord.



heal us, Father.


forgive us, Lord. 


assist them, Holy Spirit.

have mercy upon us. 

have mercy upon us. 

grant us Your peace.


have mercy.
have mercy.
have mercy.

O Christ, arise and help us!

Collect for Persecuted Christians

For our Christian brothers and sisters around the world currently facing persecution and martyrdom, especially in places like the Middle East and Africa, where it is most severe, that they may, by grace and the power of the Holy Spirit, confess the saving Name of Jesus Christ in the face of their persecutors, remembering that He will confess them before His Father in heaven, let us pray to the Lord: 
Lord, have mercy. 

Collect for Martyred Christians

For all our Christian brothers and sisters around the world who have already been slain for bearing the Name of Jesus in recent days, months, and years, let us offer God our praise and thanks, rejoicing that they were faithful unto death and have received the crown of everlasting life; and asking our gracious God that their witness would be remembered in His Church and serve to encourage and strengthen our own faith, let us pray to the Lord:
Lord, have mercy.  

Collect for Peace

O God, from whom come all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works, give to us, Your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey Your commandments and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 
Amen.