Fr Augustine Tay presiding at the Traditional Latin Mass to pray for those persecuted by extremists.Fr Augustine Tay presiding at the Traditional Latin Mass to pray for those persecuted by extremists.
Two Church communities held a special Mass and a day of prayer in response to the crisis in the Middle East.

On Aug 18, more than 100 Catholics attended a Mass in the Extraordinary Form, or Traditional Latin Mass, at St Joseph’s Church (Victoria St).

The Mass was held to pray for the safety of Christians and others persecuted by Islamist extremists in Iraq and Syria.

Fr Augustine Tay, who is in charge of the Latin Mass community, was the celebrant.

The Mass texts spoke of a suffering Church that trusted God to come to its aid. Additional prayers were also prayed for the release of captured Christians in the affected countries.
People praying in the St Francis Xavier Chapel at Kingsmead Centre.People praying in the St Francis Xavier Chapel at Kingsmead Centre.

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour parishioner Estella Young, who attended the Mass, commented, “Although we are so far away, we must support our Christian brethren with prayer and material aid.”

Meanwhile, a day of prayer was held by the Jesuit-run Kingsmead Centre at Victoria Park Road on Aug 14.

Invitations to pray at the St Francis Xavier Chapel there was sent out to staff and friends of the centre, as well as various prayer groups of the Church of St Ignatius, located within the same compound.

The groups were invited to come at designated time slots during the day to pray. A prayer leaflet with suggestions for prayer was also prepared.

According to an organiser, the response “was very spontaneous and enthusiastic, and many came to spend time with the Lord in prayer”.

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