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Universal Prayer (Prayer of the Faithful)

for use during the

Fortnight for Freedom


United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Celebrant: Aware that only in Christ do we find true freedom, let us present our prayers, interceding for all in need, as we respond, Lord, hear our prayer. Deacon/Reader: 1. For Pope Benedict, our Bishop N., and all the ministers of the Church, that their preaching and example may encourage the faithful to stand firm in their beliefs as witnesses of the Gospel, we pray to the Lord 2. For our President, Governor, legislators, judges, and all in service to the common good, that through the gift of heavenly wisdom, they may never tire in their work to uphold religious freedom and conscience protection for all, we pray to the Lord 3. For those discerning Gods call in their lives: may they be open to listen to the Lords voice and find support to say yes to his invitation to serve freely in love, we pray to the Lord 4. For the many ministries of the Church that reveal Gods power and love to the world, especially our educational institutions, health care facilities, community centers, and charitable services: may they enjoy full protection to fulfill their mission, we pray to the Lord 5. For the sick who long for healing, for the dying, and for those called to heal and comfort the sick and suffering: may they be free to follow their faith, while fulfilling their professional duties, we pray to the Lord 6. For all of us who gather in prayer, trusting in Gods grace to save: may we, through the gifts of the Spirit, have the wisdom to know Gods will and find courage to stand up in witness to his love, we pray to the Lord 7. For those who have died and for all who grieve and mourn their passing from this life: may the promise of resurrection for the just give hope to all, we pray to the Lord Celebrant: Almighty eternal God, in whom we find true freedom and lasting peace, look with favor, we pray, on our needs and, seeing the faith that inspires us to pray to you, grant what we truly need, especially the freedom to serve you in love. Through Christ our Lord.

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Additional Prayers for use in the Universal Prayer (Prayer of the Faithful)
during the

Fortnight for Freedom


United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

One or more of the following intentions may be added to the Universal Prayer each day of the Fortnight for Freedom:

During this Fortnight for Freedom, we pray for civil authorities and all those who enact and uphold laws: for Gods wisdom to guide their decisions to protect religious freedom and conscience rights for all, we pray to the Lord For people of faith who fight to preserve religious liberty: during this Fortnight for Freedom, may the Lord strengthen their resolve to hold firm in their witness, we pray to the Lord During this Fortnight for Freedom, we pray for religious institutions serving the common good and witnessing to the Gospel, that religious liberty may be upheld to preserve their right to function in service to the Church and society, we pray to the Lord For our nation, that during this Fortnight for Freedom, all may be encouraged to stand firm on the principle upheld by our founding fathers, liberty and justice for all, we pray to the Lord For all peoples of the world, that this Fortnight for Freedom may inspire and encourage all governments to advance and protect religious liberty for all their people, we pray to the Lord That we may be effective advocates for religious liberty for Christians, Jews, Muslims and all who seek to practice their faith, we pray to the Lord

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