At Mass this morning, after a rousing sermon celebrating the Feast of the Solemnity of the Birth of John the Baptist and his prophetic voice, Father Mike asked the congregation to together pray the following prayer:
God our Father in Heaven, you chose Mary as the fairest of your daughters; Holy Spirit, you
overshadowed Mary at the Annunciation; God the Son, you became incarnate in the womb of Mary,
your Mother. In union with Mary, we adore you, the Most Holy Trinity and acknowledge that you,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, hold eternal dominion and authority over all nations.
Most Holy Trinity, we place the United States of America into the hands of Mary Immaculate in order
that she may present our country to you. Through her we wish to praise and thank you for the great
resources of our land and for the freedom, which has been our heritage. Through the intercession of
Mary, have mercy on the Catholic Church in the United States. Grant us peace. Have mercy on our
president and on all the officers of our government. Grant us a fruitful economy born of justice and
charity. Raise up and protect all of our families. Through the intercession of our Mother, have mercy on
the sick, the poor, the tempted, sinners—on all who are in need. Above all, we ask Mary to intercede on
our behalf that you would protect our conscience rights and religious freedom, upon which our country
Mary, Immaculate Virgin, Our Mother, Patroness of our land, we honor you and give ourselves to you.
Wrap your mantel of protection around each of us and all our fellow citizens. Protect us from all evil and
harm. Pray for us, that acting always according to your will and the Will of your Divine Son, we may
live and die pleasing to God.
*Based on a Marian consecration by Patrick Cardinal O'Boyle, Archbishop of Washington,
prayed in parishes throughout the United States in November of 1959.
My parish has set aside a table with avaliable materials related to the Fortnight for Freedom and Father Mike has now numerous times engaged the congregation with references to the very real threat being posed by this administration and their heavy-handed policies to our freedom of conscience.
It's good to be a part of it all and to be linked with those who are actively engaged in the fight.
And it's a fight, make no mistake about it.
Father Mike chastised those who are not yet aware of the threat and encouraged us all, on this day the Church celebrates John the Baptist's birth and his prophetic voice, to be prophets ourselves, to listen for God's voice and to bellow His message to those we come across.
Bellow away folks.