Arsonists have set almost a dozen church buildings on fire over the past 6 weeks in Tyler and Athens, Texas. Federal ATF agents, local sheriffs and other authorities are working hard to both protect the area's churches but also to locate and apprehend the person(s) responsible.
We ask Christians everywhere to pray for an end to this violent and destructive behavior. We pray for the safety of Christians in the East Texas area and for the apprehension and arrest of the individuals involved. We pray their soul(s) and for the redemption of their lives.
St Luke the Physician, an MSJ parish is located in Tyler. Fr. Charles Matheny is the pastor. In Athens, TX, St. Stephen's parish is served by another MSJ priest, Fr. Jerry Pardue.
A Collect for PeaceO God, who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in
knowledge of whom standeth our eternal life, whose service
is perfect freedom: Defend us, thy humble servants, in all
assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in thy
defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through
the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Lord Jesus Christ, who didst stretch out thine arms of love
on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come
within the reach of thy saving embrace: So clothe us in thy
Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring
those who do not know thee to the knowledge and love of
you; for the honor of thy Name. Amen.