So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Sunday, June 4, 2017

A Prayer for The Church

Fast and pray.

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Almighty God and Father, we humbly beseech You, protect the Pope, protect the bishops, protect us all who call upon You for assistance.

The Lord Jesus, Your only-begotten Son, promised that the gates of hell would not prevail against His Church. Help us now in the struggle to defend the Faith.

All-knowing and all-powerful Father, the world rejects Your will. The Sacrament of Matrimony has come under assault. The family is under assault. The Sacrament of Holy Orders, too, is under constant assault. Many people have abandoned Your law and, living in sin and who by their example lead others into sin, receive unworthily the Body and Blood of Your most beloved Son. Lord, grant us Your mercy.

Please, Father, send forth your Spirit to safeguard the Church and protect her from all harm. Grant us the grace to live in its entirety the Catholic Faith which we have received from the Apostles. May the successor of Peter be ever strengthened in his ministry, the Petrine ministry Your Son gave to His Church, to strengthen the brethren and faithfully watch over the flock of the Lord.

Heavenly Father, we ask for all these blessings through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

Sts. Peter the Apostle, Paul, Leo the Great, Gregory the Great, Nicholas the Great, all holy martyrs and all Doctors of the Church: pray for us.

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