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June 29 is the day many churches remember the martyrdoms of the Apostles Peter and Paul.

This year we are planning a very special online service on June 29 to commemorate the Day of the Christian Martyr. The event will be led by Revd Imtiaz Ashraf and Paul Robinson, CEO Release International.

The event will start at 7.30pm and is expected to run for approximately one hour. Please do join us for what promises to be a moving and inspirational evening as we remember those of our Christian family who have paid the ultimate price for following Christ.

There will be a special contribution from our partner Revd Waseem in Pakistan who recently interviewed relatives of the victims of the 2016 Lahore park bomb blast.

We will also be hearing live from Esther, from Nigeria – a country where many Christians have been brutally killed in recent years.

There will be space during the meeting for you to pray for several countries in our world where Christians have been martyred recently.

The event is free but registration is required and donations are very welcome. You will be able to book your place via Eventbrite.

More information about the service will be shown on this page, on social media and in our monthly News Update emails. (Click here to sign up to our mailing list if you are not already on it.)

A free resource pack to help you and your church to remember modern-day Christian martyrs is available now. Click here to download a zip file containing the entire pack.

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If you prefer you can use the links below to just download parts of the pack.

The pack contains a brochure and Prayer Cards which can help you plan your day.

You can also download this Powerpoint of readings, sermon headings, songs and prayers to support your Day of the Christian Martyr presentation. Simply delete the items you won’t be using.

We encourage you to make the most of this opportunity to honour and remember those who have given their lives for the gospel.

 


 

PLEASE NOTE: If it is not convenient to commemorate this actual day in your church calendar then please do choose a day of your own choice. We will be leaving this page on our website so that you can continue to download the free resources above that we have prepared for you to use in your own Day of the Christian Martyr service.

 


 

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A Prayer For The Families of Christian Martyrs

Almighty God

I pray today for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are being oppressed, persecuted and abused for their faith just as Jesus was.

Comfort and give courage to Christians in countries such as Nigeria, Eritrea, Pakistan, Egypt and India where many are experiencing physical harm, intimidation and unjust imprisonment at the hands of their oppressors.

Our heavenly Father, thank you for welcoming into your arms all Christian martyrs who have given their lives because they refused to stop sharing the gospel and living out their faith.

Heal the hearts and minds of those who have lost loved ones because of persecution and restore them to full physical and spiritual health.

For those who persecute my brothers and sisters in Christ, I pray that their hearts will be touched by the wonderful faith of those they attack.

I pray also that they will open their hearts to your love.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

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