One Nation Under…
We are called to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). And the next verse says to “rejoice always!” With our hearts trusting in Jesus Christ and our minds illuminated by truth, we can do both as the political drama in America continues to unfold. For the next two weeks, let us join together in prayer for America’s first freedom: the freedom to exercise our religion. May America always be One Nation Under God.
Fortnight for Freedom — June 21–July 4, 2016
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- Read Daily reflections during the fortnight
- Read A statement on religious liberty
- Info USCCB Fortnight for Freedom
- Ideas Five Ways to Celebrate
- Watch / participate opening and closing Masses (aired on EWTN and Catholic TV Network)
- Opening Mass at Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Baltimore, MD; June 21, 2016, at 7 p.m. EST
- Closing Mass at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC; July 4 at noon EST
- Venerate Relics of English martyrs Saints John Fisher and Thomas More, which are on tour in the U.S. (related article Saints Who Defend Freedom)
- Advocate conscience protection
- Pray to Mary Immaculate, Our Lady of Guadalupe, for the intercession of Saints Thomas More and John Fisher — prayer resources
Prayer of the Day
Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty
O God our Creator,
from your provident hand we have received
our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
You have called us as your people and given us
the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God,
and your Son, Jesus Christ.
Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.
We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.
Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood
and every danger overcome—
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come after us—
this great land will always be “one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
We ask this through Christ our Lord.