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Novena to Stop the HHS Mandate Starts TODAY

Posted by Matt Yonke (March 14, 2012 at 11:40 am)

Christ PantocratorThe ancient image of Christ Pantocrator, or “Christ, Ruler of All” reminds us that temporal powers come and go, but God is the king above all. It is well within His power to stop the Obama Administration’s pernicious HHS Mandate, and with that in mind, we are asking all people of faith to join in a united prayer effort to Stop the HHS Mandate.

Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life has composed an ecumenical Novena for the defeat of the HHS Mandate, which begins today.

A novena is a nine day prayer sequence for a particular intention, in this case the Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom and the defeat of the HHS Mandate. Though the devotion has its roots in Catholic spirituality, the prayers Fr. Frank has put together are ones that people of any Christian tradition can pray.

You can read the full text of the prayers for all nine days here, but we will be posting the prayers for each day here on the Hotline for the next nine days leading up to the March 23 Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom. Please join with us in this important prayer effort. Here is the prayer for today, March 14:

Novena for a Reversal of the HHS Mandate: Day 1

Lord God,

You are the Author of Life and Freedom.
In Your Spirit, we have the freedom of the children of God,
and in Your Name, we promote the freedom of all
to seek, embrace, and live the truth of Your Word.

In that freedom, Lord, we your people stand with Life
and reject whatever destroys life
or distorts the meaning of human sexuality.

In that freedom, Lord, we Your people live our lives
in a way that advances Your Kingdom of Life,
and we refuse to cooperate in what is evil.

At this moment, therefore, when our government has decided
to force us to cooperate in evil,
we pray for the grace to be faithful to You
and to oppose the unjust laws and mandates
that have been imposed upon us and our institutions.

We pray for the conversion of those in civil authority
who fail to appreciate the demands of conscience.
We pray for the complete reversal of all policies
that permit the destruction of life
or coerce the cooperation of Your people
in practices that are wrong.

Bring us to a Culture of Life.

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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