TWENTY-ONE EGYPTIAN Coptic Christians have been beheaded by ISIL terrorists in Libya. This icon of Our Lady of the Sackcloth and the accompanying prayer are gifts of the Coptic Church to our troubled world.
You are a defender of our salvation, O Virgin, Birth-Giver of God, and an invincible encouragement. Bring to nothing the counsels of our adversaries, and the affliction of your servants turn to joy. Intercede for the peace of the world, for you are our hope, O Birth-Giver of God. Amen.