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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Fortnight for Freedom - Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island

Tomorrow evening (June 21st) begins the Fortnight for Freedom, the time of prayer and fasting that our bishops have called for in response to the looming threats to religious freedom.  The fortnight was timed to begin on the vigil of the feast day of St. Thomas More and to end on the Fourth of July.  St. Thomas More was a martyr for religious liberty when he was beheaded for his beliefs and his unwillingness to overlook those beliefs so that King Henry VIII could marry outside the Church.


The bishops are calling all Catholics to pray in a special way for religious liberty during this time, as well as fast and sacrifice.  In the Diocese of Brooklyn, several events are scheduled and can be found at this link.   In the Diocese of Rockville Centre activities can be found at this link.

Thomas Peters, at CatholicVote.com has links to various other sites for additional activities taking place during the Fortnight.

Here is the text of the prayer being distributed by the bishops' conference:


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.



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