Monday, December 28, 2009

FEAST OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS - Fourth Day of Christmas

The story behind today’s feast is found in Matthew 2: 16-18. King Herod saw the newborn child Jesus as a threat and ordered the deaths of all the baby boys in Bethlehem. Today there is a new slaughter of innocents—all those children who are not respected and loved but aborted. Let us pray for an end to abortion with a “Prayer for Changing the Culture” by Fr. Frank Pavone, the founder of Priests for Life

God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we come into your presence in His name. We have heard the voice of your Son, and therefore we can make our voices heard. We have been justified in the blood of your Son, and therefore we can oppose every form of injustice. We have repented of our sins, and therefore we can lead the sinner to repentance. We have done battle with the power of evil, and therefore we can have compassion on those still within its grip. We have been freed from the kingdom of darkness, and therefore we can bear witness to your Kingdom of Light.

Lord, as we come before you today, we repent, we resolve, and we rejoice. We repent of every instance in which fear has made us silent when we should have spoken. We repent of the ongoing bloodshed in our land, and for ever daring to think that we can deprive the unborn of protection but keep it for ourselves. We resolve that we will work more generously to advance your Kingdom. … We resolve that we will declare boldly to our people that no public official who fails to respect the life of a little baby can be trusted to respect our lives.

Father, today we rejoice, because we are not simply working for victory - we are working from victory. The victory of life, truth, and grace has been won by your Son's death and Resurrection. Today we hear his voice again. "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I hold the keys of death and of hell. Behold, I make all things new." Father, we rejoice that we have been made new, and as we work to renew our culture we look forward to the great day of his coming, when every eye will see him, even of those who pierced him, and every knee shall bend, and every tongue confess, to the glory of God the Father, JESUS CHRIST IS LORD! In his Blessed Name we pray. Amen!

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