A Day of Solidarity for All Persecuted Christians: Fasting & Morning Offering

The Novena for Religious Freedom will start on Friday, August 1st, the Feast of St. Peter in Chains, with a special Day of Solidarity for All Persecuted Christians.

There are three things we will do to commemorate this day, on the first day of the novena:

  1. We will fast (or offer another sacrifice).
  2. We will recite a Morning Offering prayer (see below).
  3. We will recite our novena prayer for the day.

We will do all of these things, offering them up for those suffering for their faith around the world.

Sign up here to join us in praying the Novena for Religious Freedom. 

How you choose to fast, or make another sacrifice, is up to you, but here are a few examples:

  • Only eating one small meal that day
  • Abstaining from meat
  • Abstaining from caffeine
  • Giving up listening to the radio or watching tv
  • Walking to daily mass instead of driving

Again, these are just a few ideas. You can discern how you feel called, and capable, to fast. There is no specific requirement.

As for the Morning Offering, there are many different variations of this prayer — you can choose to pray whichever one you know best. The idea is to offer God everything in your day, good and bad, joining your sacrifices & joys to His. This prayer is also a good reminder of the importance of praying for others and for our Holy Father.

Here is one version we will be praying:

“O Jesus,
through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I offer You my prayers, works,
joys and sufferings
of this day for all the intentions
of Your Sacred Heart,
in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
throughout the world,
in reparation for my sins,
for the intentions of all my relatives and friends,
and in particular
for the intentions of the Holy Father.
Amen.
St. Peter in Chains, pray for us!”

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Novena for Religious Freedom & for All Persecuted Christians

Novena for Religious FreedomChristians are being brutally persecuted in Iraq, Syria and many other places around the world. Our brothers and sisters in Christ need our support.

John-Paul & I thought about what we could do and decided we wanted to invite you to join us in participating in a Novena for Religious Freedom.

We will start praying for all persecuted Christians on Friday, August 1st.

It’s fitting that we start praying on August 1st as we commemorate the Feast of St. Peter in Chains.

We would like to start off the novena with A Day of Solidarity for All Persecuted Christians. We invite you to join us on Friday in offering our prayers, fasting or some other sacrifice for those suffering for their faith around the world. Sign up below and we’ll send you more details.

It is nearly impossible to imagine the suffering and violence that happens every day. And it is easy to feel helpless in the face of such suffering, but as Pope Francis has said before, “We know that prayer works miracles.” And in the end, “Violence is not overcome with violence. Violence is overcome with peace.”

You can sign up to pray the Novena for Religious Freedom here!

Answered Prayers from the St. Anne Novena – 2014

St. Anne ChurchWe had a great time praying the novena the St. Anne Novena! Thank you so much for praying with us!

Please post your answered prayers below!

Here are two we already received:

“My husband and I prayed this novena two years ago since we struggle with infertility. I got pregnant the following month in August. My little boy, Anthony, just turned 1 last month :) We are hoping to add to our family and will be praying it again with everyone.”

- Leah

“Last year I prayed this novena with you guys for the specific intention of meeting my spouse.  I met him during the Novena and we’re getting married on July 19th.  Will pray it again this year in thanksgiving.”

- Brook

If your prayers have been answered, big or small, please share with us below so that we can praise God together!

 

 

Answered Prayers from the Sacred Heart Novena – 2014

Sacred Heart Novena PrayersWe had a great time praying the novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus! Thank you so much for praying with us!

Please post your answered prayers below!

Here’s one we received already:

“Praise the Lord, This is to inform you all that through the Novena of Sacred Heart of Jesus I am now blessed with a Job in Dubai.

Thank you lord for accepting me and my prayers.

Thank you team for your support and prayers.

Praise the Lord, Thank you Lord.

Regards,
Anil”

If your prayers have been answered big or small, please share with us below so that we can praise God together!

Answered Prayers – Pentecost Novena 2014

Holy Spirit NovenaWe hope and pray that this novena to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost has been a blessing to you!

If your prayers have been answered and you’d like to thank God and to share it with others please post below.

Here’s an answered prayer that was sent to us by email:

…I especially pray for my daughter (who has left the church) and for my 16 year old grandson (who has not been baptized) for their conversion. They’ve had many struggles, and their life has not been easy.They do have faith but it’s not strong. Lately my grandson has been asking questions which has lead to lengthy conversations.

I have been praying the Pentecost Novena, and as it was suggested, to ask for something concrete, I prayed that my daughter and grandson would tell me that they were going to go to church on Sunday. This morning, within 1 hour of praying day two of the novena, my daughter called and told me that my grandson was going to go to church on Sunday.

I have joy! May it always shine to others.

Thank you Holy Trinity! Praise, Glory, and Love!

Thank you John-Paul and Annie for your service to the Lord and for Pray More Novenas.

Blessings, MG

Please post your answered prayer below.