During Lent and Holy Week, our attention was focused with special intensity on the Holy Land, as we contemplated the events that saved us from death and sin for everlasting life. Let us remember in our prayers those Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere who are currently enduring persecution to the point of mass martyrdom, and those Christian communities which, having so far survived, are in real danger of extinction.

The Oratory’s Aid to the Church in Need appeal for persecuted Christians has so far raised well over £100,000. Please continue to give generously. There are boxes at the back of the Oratory church for this appeal, otherwise you can donate online (under the “Oratory Middle East Appeal 2015” category) here.