Several contemplative communities in the Holy Land are now accepting e-mailed prayer requests.

The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem announced that it set up this service whereby people worldwide can request prayers from the religious communities that reside in the Holy Land.

In a communiqué, the patriarchate acknowledged that these prayer intentions “may be very important to you and this is the reason why you want to entrust them to the people who have devoted their life to God and who live and pray in the Holy Land.”

The communiqué also quoted from the instrumentum laboris (working document) of the upcoming synod of bishops for the Middle East, which states that “the first mission of the monks and moniales is the prayer and intercession for society.”

The patriarchate invited the faithful to send their prayer requests to one or several of the religious communities.

It noted: “You can entrust them your prayers, specifying the details you want to communicate. All this will stay private and only be known by you and the community!”

The e-mail addresses given by the patriarchate are as follows:

— Poor Clares, Nazareth: clairemarie1884@bezeqint.net

— Carmelites, Mount Carmel, Haifa: zanotiel@netvision.net.il

— Nuns of the Emmanuel, Bethlehem: community@emmanuelmonastery.org

— Bridgettine Sisters, Bethlehem: brigida@p-ol.com

— Silent Workers of the Cross, Mater Misericordiae, Jerusalem: betaniasilenziosi@yahoo.com

— Benedictines, Mount of Olives, Jerusalem: benetur@netvision.net.il

— Poor Clares, Jerusalem: mi.yesh@gmail.com

— Carmelites of the Pater, Jerusalem: edcarmelpn@live.com

— Nuns of Bethlehem, Bet Gemal, Bet Shemesh: midbar@gmail.com

— Little Family of the Resurrection, Jerusalem: pfrjer@alqudsnet.com