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A Prayer for our Nation as we Prepare to Elect our Leaders

For nine weeks, from September 1 to Election Day (November 4), Priests for Life calls upon believers to participate in the "Election Novena"; by saying the following prayer each day:

We thank you for the privilege
Of being able to organize ourselves politically
And of knowing that political loyalty
Does not have to mean disloyalty to you.

We thank you for your law,
Which our Founding Fathers acknowledged
And recognized as higher than any human law.

We thank you for the opportunity that this election year puts before us,
To exercise our solemn duty not only to vote,
But to influence countless others to vote,
And to vote correctly.

Lord, we pray that your people may be awakened.
Let them realize that while politics is not their salvation,
Their response to you requires that they be politically active.

Awaken your people to know that they are not called to be a sect fleeing the world
But rather a community of faith renewing the world.

Awaken them that the same hands lifted up to you in prayer
Are the hands that pull the lever in the voting booth;
That the same eyes that read your Word
Are the eyes that read the names on the ballot,
And that they do not cease to be Christians
When they enter the voting booth.

Awaken your people to a commitment to justice
To the sanctity of marriage and the family,
To the dignity of each individual human life,
And to the truth that human rights begin when human lives begin,
And not one moment later.

Lord, we rejoice today
That we are citizens of your kingdom.

May that make us all the more committed
To being faithful citizens on earth.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A few other websites encouraging prayer for this election:

National Day of Prayer Website is encouraging Christians to pray for the election. They have many good suggestions to help you pray for this noble intention.

54 Day Rosary Novena "For an outcome of the November Elections which is pleasing to Almighty God, and which serves the eternal and temporal interests of all of His children."

Other wonderful endeavors to encourage prayer for the unborn - one of the most important reasons that we need to pray for this election.

40 Days for Life A campaign of prayer and fasting that will take place September 24 - November 2 and will be conducted in cities from coast to coast.

World Prayer for Life On the 12th October 2007 all the participants of the II World-Prayer-Congress for Life unanimously reached the decision of starting the World Prayer for Life crusade. From that day, people from all over the world will pray every day, asking for God's expiation for every rejected gift of life, for the increase of respect for human life and for ensuring in the legislation of all countries unconditional right to live for every human being from the conception until natural death.

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