Announcement: Our First E-Book!

Holy Spirit ebookWe’re excited to announce we’re publishing our first e-book:

9 Days to A Deeper Prayer Life with The Holy Spirit!

Of all the things we could write about, why that?

Well, more than a year ago, we asked some members of Pray More Novenas what more they were looking for from our community… We learned from them that they were most interested in having a deeper prayer life.

That’s why we wrote this special novena e-book! We wanted to write something more in depth to help you enter more deeply into prayer. This e-book contains a special novena to the Holy Spirit that will help guide you in praying for a deeper prayer life.

Our first e-book will be released on Kindle in a few months, and we’ll let you know how you can get a copy as soon as it’s available.

If you’re a Special Member, though, you don’t have to wait that long! You will receive a free advance copy of the book in the next few weeks!

Not a Special Member, but want to be?

Click here to become a Special Member!

Novena to St. Monica – 2014

The next novena we will pray is to a very persistent intercessor! Saint_Augustine_and_Saint_Monica 200px

In fact, this Saint prayed for her son’s conversion for more than 15 years. She wept and prayed constantly with faith and hope in God.

What was the result of all those years of prayer?

One of the great saints in the history of the Church!

We will be praying the Novena to St. Monica!

St. Monica was St. Augustine’s mother and is a powerful advocate.She is the patron saint of:

  • Alcoholics
  • Wives
  • Mothers
  • Widows
  • Difficult Marriages
  • Married women
  • Victims of unfaithfulness (adultery)
  • Victims of abuse

The novena begins on August 18th!

Be sure to share this powerful novena with your friends & family! They can sign up HERE.

We’re looking forward to praying with you and for you!

Join the Novena for the Persecuted Church & Religious Freedom

[This Novena begins August 1st - Click here to join!]
Novena for the Persecuted Church
There’s power in prayer, and there’s strength in numbers. We’re looking forward to praying for with you!

Please help us spread the word about this important novena for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ!

  • The persecution of Christians has been rising steadily for years. And in fact, 80% of all acts of religious discrimination in the world today are directed at Christians, according to the International Society for Human Rights.
  • The Centre for the Study of Global Christianity in the United States estimates that 100,000 Christians now die every year, targeted because of their faith — which adds up to be 11 every hour.
  • The Pew Research Center says that hostility to religion reached a new high in 2012, when Christians faced some form of discrimination in 139 countries — that’s almost 3/4 of the world’s nations.

The image above is of the arabic letter ‘nun’ which is being used to designate Christians (Nazarene) in Iraq to be targeted for persecution.

We will be using the the prayers from our Novena for Religious Freedom which is directed to all saints, but particularly to Martyrs. The prayers are below.

Click here to join 124,603 faithful people in praying this novena!

Novena for the Persecuted Church & Religious Freedom

O great cloud of witnesses! O host of Angels and Saints worshiping God for all eternity! O holy ones in heaven above, Pray for us!

You who were once part of the Church on earth, you who were faithful servants of the Church Militant, you who suffered for the love of God, Pray for us!

In all ages, the Church is persecuted and hated. We pray, oh Lord, through your holy Saints, that we may be blessed with the freedom to worship and adore you at all times! We pray that you may bless your Church throughout the world and me personally with your grace to persevere with love in the face of persecution just as You did on the Cross.

(Mention your personal intentions here)

Litany of Martyrs:

Day 1:
St. Joan of Arc – Pray for us!
St. Valentine – Pray for us!
St. Carmen Monreno and St. Ampara Caronell – Pray for us!
St. Sebastian – Pray for us!
St. Peter – Pray for us!
St. Stephen – Pray for us!
St. Denis – Pray for us!

Day 2
St. Maria Goretti – Pray for us!
St. Ignatius of Antioch – Pray for us!
St. Lawrence – Pray for us!
St. Lorenzo Ruiz – Pray for us!
St. Agnes – Pray for us!
St. Anastasia – Pray for us!
St. Oliver Plunkett – Pray for us!
St. Dorothy – Pray for us!

Day 3
St. Edith Stein – Pray for us!
St. Maximilian Kolbe – Pray for us!
St. Thomas More – Pray for us!
St. Margaret Clitherow – Pray for us!
St. Julia – Pray for us!
St. Polycarp – Pray for us!
St. Peter of Verona – Pray for us!
St. Gonsalo Garcia – Pray for us!
St. Thomas Becket – Pray for us!
St. John Fisher – Pray for us!

Day 4
St. Philomena – Pray for us!
St. John the Baptist – Pray for us!
The Jesuit Martyrs of China – Pray for us!
St. Cecilia – Pray for us!
St. Jude – Pray for us!
The Vietnamese Martyrs – Pray for us!
St. Boniface – Pray for us!
St. Vitalis of Gaza – Pray for us!
St. Menas – Pray for us!
St. Expeditus – Pray for us!

Day 5

St Christopher – Pray for us!
St. Charles Lwanga – Pray for us!
St. Kizito and the Ugandan Martyrs – Pray for us!
St. Paul Chong Hasang, St. Andrew Kim and the Korean Martyrs – Pray for us!
St. Genesius – Pray for us!
St. Cyprian – Pray for us!
St. Luke – Pray for us!
Blessed José Luis Sánchez del Río – Pray for us!
St. Andrew – Pray for us!
Holy Innocents – Pray for us!
St. Catherine of Alexandria – Pray for us!

Day 6

Blessed Miguel Pro – Pray for us!
St. George – Pray for us!
St. Perpetua – Pray for us!
St. Felicity – Pray for us!
St. Dymphna – Pray for us!
Blessed Jose Maria Sanchez – Pray for us!
St. Eulala – Pray for us!
Blessed Teresa of Augustine and the Martyrs of Compiègne – Pray for us!
St. Pedro Poveda Castroverde – Pray for us!
St. Thecla – Pray for us!
St. Pedro Calungsod – Pray for us!
St. Elias and St. Jeremy – Pray for us!

Day 7

St. Anthony – Pray for us!
St. Paul – Pray for us!
St. Agatha – Pray for us!
St. Simeon – Pray for us!
St. Isaac Jogues and the North American Martyrs – Pray for us!
St. Simon – Pray for us!
Servant of God Archbishop Oscar Romero – Pray for us!
St. Faustinus and St. Jovita – Pray for us!
St. Meinrad – Pray for us!
St. Tarcisius – Pray for us!
St. Daniel – Pray for us!

Day 8

St. Lucy – Pray for us!
St. Paul Miki and Japanese Martyrs- Pray for us!
St. Gabriel Lalemant and Canadian Martyrs – Pray for us!
St. Roque Gonzalez de Santa Cruz – Pray for us!
St. Toribio – Pray for us!
St. Jean de Brébeuf – Pray for us!
St. Barbara – Pray for us!
St. Alban – Pray for us!
St. Tanco – Pray for us!
St. Winefride – Pray for us!

Day 9

St. Edmond Campion – Pray for us!
St. Ursula – Pray for us!
Blessed Peter Torot – Pray for us!
St. Dominic Henares – Pray for us!
St. Erasmus – Pray for us!
Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko – Pray for us!
Saints Nunilo and Alodia – Pray for us!
St. Andrew Bobola – Pray for us!
St. Miguel de la Mora – Pray for us!
St. Tatiana – Pray for us!
Pope Saint Sixtus II – Pray for us!

Amen.

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!”

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

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!