Recently, we in the Central Valley have seen what appears to be an uptick in hate crimes against Christians. The news has documented a series of vandalisms and worse in local churches, specifically the Roman Catholic Church. In Hanford, at Immaculate Heart of Mary, someone broke in and demolished the interior of the church, but worst of all they desecrated the tabernacle containing the Holy Sacrament. At the Shrine of St. Therese in the Tower District, someone painted two upside down crosses on either side of the front doors. Sadly, these actions are not isolated or confined to the Roman Catholic Church – Anglican Churches throughout the valley, along with other churches, are regularly targeted. Please join me in praying for the protection of our churches and for the conversion of those who would do such hurtful acts.
“Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we pray you to surround your church with your heavenly angels to protect and defend against the attacks of the enemy. For those who desire to harm your church we pray for their conviction by your Holy Spirit and conversion to a grace filled life in your Son Jesus Christ. This we ask in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.”
Your Servant and Bishop,
The Rt. Rev. Eric Menees
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