Saturday, January 4, 2014

Interfaith Prayers

Prayers for persons celebrating a variety of holidays right now. Tomorrow (the 5th) is Twelfth Night, the close of Christmastide. Monday (the 6th) is Epiphany, the Christian commemoration of the manifestation of Christ's divine nature, and it is also the Feast of the Theophany in Orthodox Christianity: the feast to recall the revelation of the Blessed Trinity in Christ's baptism. Tuesday the 7th is Christmas in the Orthodox Christian tradition. Tomorrow (the 5th) is also Guru Gobindh Singh's birthday in Sikhism. Guru Gobindh Singh was the founder of the Khalsa, the collective body of all initiated Sikhs. He affirmed the sacred text, the Guru Granth Sahib, as his successor and the text has ever since been Sikhs' sovereign active living Guru.

We have another tragic news story involving end-of-life issues, this one concerning Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old whose entire brain has ceased to function following routine surgery. Prayers for all those involved, and for ongoing ethical clarity concerning these tragic issues and decisions.

Christian leaders in Nigeria are expressing concern about the threat of rising, radical Islam in that nation, including the violent anti-Christain Boko Haram sect.

Violence continues in Syria.;_ylt=A0oG7kmZt8hSqzcA4GVXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTB0NHNmOXFqBHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2FjMgR2dGlkA1ZJUDM0NV8x

There has been violence between Christians and Muslims in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic Muslims have also experience violence recently in parts of India:

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