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Perpetual Novena for the Nation (Ecumenical)
today | Mad Dawg

Posted on 01/14/2013 9:41:31 AM PST by Mad Dawg

Back in September I took the liberty of starting a thread inviting all to pray for the election.

Well, that didn't work out so well, maybe.

But I am am still asking us to consider ADDING something to our daily prayers. I know you all are busy and I suspect many of you spend a good deal of time in prayer anyway. I do not seek to bind burdens on anyone's back. Though prayer sometimes involves teeth-gritting, that should not be the main theme! The main themes should always be hope, joy, and gratitude, IMHO.

But the prayer of a just man avails much, and we are justified in Jesus! So let us pray! Please consider adding ONE thing -- an act of charity and mercy, a little extra time in prayer and/or with Scripture, maybe a little fast -- or a even little extra physical exercise! But add just one thing to the Glory of our loving God and with a petition that He do HIS will in the coming election.

[Boring technical stuff for non-Catholics. The term "novena" refers to a period of prayer. It derives from, so to speak, riffing on the nine days of prayer between the Ascension and the Pentecost. Hence the name, which pretty much means "niney-thing" -- Mad Dawg translation.
["Perpetual Novena" just means we mean to keep on praying in a committed and regular way until something happens.]


TOPICS: Current Events; Moral Issues; Prayer; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: abortion; catholic; liberty; novena; prayer; religiousfreeddom
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Litany for Liberty

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

INTRODUCTION

Christ the Lord has called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Let us turn to him in humble but fervent petition,
seeking the grace to root out from our hearts all trace of darkness,
and all that holds us back
from walking in the full freedom of the children of God.
As Christ is our great model for that inner freedom,
which enables us to do the right,
let us turn to him with confidence
that we, too, may follow him to the fullness of spiritual freedom.

Lord, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy; Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.
Jesus, victor over sin and death… Free our hearts.
Jesus, source of light and hope… Free our hearts.
Jesus, fullness of truth and mystery… Free our hearts.
Jesus, teacher of seeking hearts… Free our hearts.
Jesus, healer of body and soul… Free our hearts.
Jesus, bringer of mercy and justice… Free our hearts.
Jesus, who humble the heart and mind… Free our hearts.
Jesus, release of captives… Free our hearts.
Jesus, voice against violence… Free our hearts.
Jesus, courage for the lowly/downtrodden… Free our hearts.
Jesus, origin of all authority and power… Free our hearts.
Jesus, true lawgiver… Free our hearts.
Jesus, unity of order and passion… Free our hearts.
Jesus, freedom of the Spirit… Free our hearts.
Jesus, obedient Son of the Father… Free our hearts.
For the freedom to love… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to believe… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to hope… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to worship… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to serve in charity… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to care for the suffering… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to comfort the sick… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to feed the hungry… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to shelter the homeless… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to proclaim the Gospel… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to walk in chastity… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to live in peace… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to work in good conscience… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to stand in solidarity… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to seek justice… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to reject sin… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to reject coercion… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to reject falsehood… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to reject evil temptations… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to reject injustice… Give us your grace.

CLOSING PRAYER

O God, who gave one origin to all peoples
and willed to gather from them one family for yourself,
fill all hearts, we pray, with the fire of your love
and kindle in them a desire
for the just advancement of their neighbor,
that, through the good things which you richly bestow upon all,
each human person may be brought to perfection,
every division may be removed,
and equity and justice may be established in human society.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.
Amen.

1 posted on 01/14/2013 9:41:38 AM PST by Mad Dawg
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To: Salvation; Running On Empty; netmilsmom; Gumdrop; SumProVita; johngrace; To Hell With Poverty; ...

Gang: I’m praying this daily at least through Ash Wednesday


2 posted on 01/14/2013 9:43:07 AM PST by Mad Dawg (In te, Domine, speravi: non confundar in aeternum.)
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To: Mad Dawg

I really need to post an article about the Holy Face. Our Lord said that communism could be destroyed through devotion to His holy face.


3 posted on 01/14/2013 11:05:35 AM PST by diamond6 (Need scientific proof of God? Check out: http://www.magisreasonfaith.org/)
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To: Mad Dawg

Thank you!!


4 posted on 01/14/2013 11:11:48 AM PST by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: Mad Dawg

“Pray, hope, and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.”

“Prayer is the best weapon we have; it is the key to God’s heart. You must speak to Jesus not only with your lips, but with your heart. In fact on certain occasions you should only speak to Him with your heart.”


5 posted on 01/14/2013 11:12:19 AM PST by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: johngrace

Padre Pio Quotes!


6 posted on 01/14/2013 11:12:58 AM PST by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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To: Mad Dawg

Thanks...will do the best I can.


7 posted on 01/14/2013 11:42:33 AM PST by bronxville (Margaret Sanger - “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,)
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To: Mad Dawg

Sure, good idea. Even if the country does remain enslaved and more, all according to God’s will and His purpose, we will still be free.


8 posted on 01/14/2013 2:49:35 PM PST by OpusatFR
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To: Mad Dawg

Sure, good idea. Even if the country does remain enslaved and more, all according to God’s will and His purpose, we will still be free.


9 posted on 01/14/2013 2:49:47 PM PST by OpusatFR
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To: Mad Dawg

This is great. I will also type in the prayer for our nation that I talked about. Prayers cards are free for it by contacting someone in Louisianna. It’s her ministry.

I’ll have to bring it up to my computer to do it.

Nevertheless — this is wonderful — thank you for the thread.


10 posted on 01/14/2013 3:31:23 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: bronxville
Dear bronxville,

(I once loved a girl from Bronxville. She fell for a guy far classier than I.)

My advice to those who come to me for advice on prayer is that the FIRST thing is to make a rule you can keep, and then keep it.

So if you could say this litany, for example, once a week, say on Sunday, that would be good.

We want to FIND the edge, the limit of what we can do, and ONLY THEN inch forward. 5 pushups this week, 6 pushups next week.

At the same time, we try to remember, as we patrol the aisles at the Piggly-Wiggly, that God is right there with us and we can shop and think and pray in his company.

Prudence and Temperance are still virtues, or they were the last time I looked. So do not take up prayer as a crushing burden, but as gently and simply as you can, live in God's company, a little more and again a little more.

MY holy father, St. Dominic, abhorred the idea of a rule of prayer becoming an occasion of guilt and despair. So if you are not keeping your rule, make it easier until you can keep it. ONLY then should you try to move forward.

11 posted on 01/14/2013 4:27:30 PM PST by Mad Dawg (In te, Domine, speravi: non confundar in aeternum.)
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I have added a prayer for the protection of the Church in America to our prayer at meals, since earlier this year.

Lord Jesus, have mercy on America and protect the Christians in it, and especially protect Thy Catholic Church and our religious freedom (the actual words vary, — we don’t say a set prayer at meals and include daily concerns as they come).

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, amen.


12 posted on 01/15/2013 5:40:33 AM PST by annalex (fear them not)
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To: annalex

Excellent!


13 posted on 01/15/2013 7:36:48 AM PST by Mad Dawg (In te, Domine, speravi: non confundar in aeternum.)
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To: Mad Dawg

Amen


14 posted on 01/15/2013 3:22:32 PM PST by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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To: Mad Dawg
Yes, excellent idea! (Pray always.) Myself, I've been taking Mother Teresa's and Fr. John A. Hardon's advice on how to end abortion. http://adorationrocks.posterous.com/166971716
15 posted on 01/15/2013 6:42:13 PM PST by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: Mad Dawg

Dear Lord, protect our Nation, founded on God’s principles, and watch over and protect our military sending them Christian chaplains. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


16 posted on 01/15/2013 8:26:53 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation; Running On Empty; netmilsmom; Gumdrop; SumProVita; johngrace; To Hell With Poverty; ...
Beloved in the Lord:

Let me know if you want to be removed from the pingy list.
More to the purpose, let me know if you want to be added.

Let's recruit people, if we can do so w/o being obnoxious. I know others, like Darth Vader, are running similar efforts. Great!

I know physicians, still paying off school loans, who are threatened by this administration. I know others who are worried. And I know the great many (well, okay, a few of them) who risk being spit out of our Lord's mouth because their faith has not yet caught fire and they have accommodated themselves to the anemic beliefs of a failing world.

I also surmise that many of you already pray a great deal. My list of devotions is getting a wee bit ridiculous. I'm going to do a house cleaning come Lent. But in the meantime, for those of you with smartphones, tablets, and confusers, I recommend “Evernote” as a great help in keeping your prayer list current.

When I am asked for prayers. If it's a one-time thing, I'll just say a paternoster right there. But if a longer assault is needed, I haul out the phone and add the name to the list (sometimes with the date — that way I can pray for a week or a month or longer.) Evernote updates my other devices so that wherever (almost) I am I can bring up the list and pray.

Then, when I pray Lauds and Vespers I can bring up the list and pray for these people between the intercessions and the paternoster.

In ways like this, we can really exercise the priesthood of all believers and intercede with our Lady through our Lord for the whole world.

And I am blessed to have you praying with me.

17 posted on 01/16/2013 3:03:30 AM PST by Mad Dawg (In te, Domine, speravi: non confundar in aeternum.)
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To: Mad Dawg

I have printed out the USCCB prayer for freedom that you posted and will be praying it as you suggested.

I also printed out for keeping your counsel about prayer, which as a fellow “Third Order” person, I really found helpful, especially when talking with others about prayer.

I always find myself regretting that I stray away from threads about prayer and get enmeshed in ones about debate (and yes, it is debate and not “discussion”). It feels like coming home again to return to my first calling and first love which is prayer.

You are so right: intercessory prayer is exercising the priesthood of all believers, and is what is most needed now.

“I’m blessed to have you praying with me”

Dear MD, we are blessed to have you call us to prayer and to shepherd us into it with your love. I’m grateful to know you are there.

ROE


18 posted on 01/16/2013 5:17:44 AM PST by Running On Empty (The three sorriest words: "It's too late")
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To: Mad Dawg

This and the Prayer for Freedom. YES!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks, MD

(Am also in the process of renewing my total consecration, so this all fits together.)


19 posted on 01/16/2013 5:35:42 AM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo....Sum Pro Vita - Modified Descartes)
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To: Mad Dawg

God bless. If I am not on your list, please put me on.


20 posted on 01/16/2013 5:38:37 AM PST by annalex (fear them not)
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