Thursday, June 21, 2012

Fortnight for Freedom

Today begins the Fortnight for Freedom! With this dedicated span of days we appeal to God, in whom we trust rather than any worldly power, and stand up for true liberty, the freedom to do what is right. There's a lot of cyber ink out there so I'm going to be sharing a lot of links over the next two weeks.

Our parish is reciting the Leonine prayers after all our masses during this Fortnight for Freedom. Our pastor has also encouraged everyone to pray them as a private devotion for this intention as well. Today, I share them with you.

PRAYERS FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY AND FREEDOM ON CONSCIENCE IN THE USA

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.
(three times)

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve, to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us, and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary.

P: Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R: That we be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

P: Let us pray. O God, our refuge and our strength, look down with favor upon Thy people who cry to Thee; and through the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of her spouse, blessed Joseph, of Thy holy apostles, Peter and Paul, and all the saints, mercifully and graciously hear the prayers which we pour forth to Thee for the conversion of sinners and for the liberty and exaltation of holy mother Church. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

St. Michael, the archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the malice and snares of the devil. We humbly beseech God to command him. And do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the divine power thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits who roam through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

P: Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
R: Have mercy on us!
(three times)

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