Monday, February 28, 2011

Prayer to Heal USA

By Fr. John Hampsch, C.M.F.

Prayer for “Heal Our Land”

Heavenly Father, the world seems to be collapsing around us. While families struggle to keep their homes and feed their children, floods and tornados ravage our land; abortion is accepted and same-sex marriage is legal. Government and business leaders have chosen to walk in the ways of darkness; wars and fighting are tearing countries apart. Crime and violence dominate many towns and cities. Fear and trepidation grip our hearts; we don’t know where to turn.

We have fallen from your grace; we have drifted so far from your protection. Many don’t even know your name.

What must we do to find favor with you, O Lord, what must we do?

If we humble ourselves, will you hear our prayer? If we repent and turn away from sin, will you listen to our plea? If we fall prostrate before you, if we fast and seek your face, will you then answer our prayer?

O Lord, we are weak and afraid.

But you O Lord, are our strength, you will defend us in battle; Your son, Jesus died for our sins and transgressions; “by his stripes we are healed.” We place our trust in you and you alone, we cast out fear; we bind the enemy in your precious Name. We seek your face and we turn away from our sins, we are not afraid.

For you have said “if my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chron 7:14

We claim your solemn promise, Lord. May your Holy Spirit help us to fulfill the conditions that you require for its fulfillment, in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.

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CONSECRATION PRAYER TO OUR LADY

OF THE EUCHARIST AFTER COMMUNION

Mary is called Our Lady of the Eucharist, because

without her, there would be no physical Body of Jesus

to be present in the Eucharist. (See John 6:51)

Most kind Mother, we consecrate to you our bodies, which have just been honored and sanctified by the presence of your Divine Son, our souls which have conversed with him, and our hearts which have loved him.

O dearest Mother, may the words which we have spoken be made acceptable to him through your intercession. Tell him the things which we should have said but were unable to express. Love him and beseech him for us, your poor children.

Receive and keep us in your heart. Warn us, protect us and guide us during this day, that we may faithfully serve your Divine Son, and please him in all our thoughts, desires, and actions.

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LET NOTHING DISTURB THEE

Let nothing disturb thee;

Let nothing dismay thee;

All things pass;

God never changes.

Patience attains all

that it strives for.

He who has God

Finds he lacks nothing:

God alone suffices.

St. Teresa of Avila

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