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1. Pray daily before the Tabernacle in your local Church and encourage others to join you.
You might consider making this a daily holy hour for the duration of Lent.
2. Attend daily Mass.
3. Ask your parish priest to include prayers for life during the time of intercession at Mass.
You might also ask your local prayer group to pray - and ask your friends to remember this petition in their daily prayers.
4. Pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
5. Observe a fast of your own choosing one day per week to break these forces of evil
6. Go to Confession and make repairation for your sins and for the sins of our Country.
Lent is a time for us to turn back to God with all our hearts. In his letter to the Irish of March 2010, Pope Benedict tells us that we can make reparation for the sins of others.
I have included a section from the Holy Father's prayer to the Irish Church - below. You might also consider praying this as part of your Lenten intersessions.
(When the Church talks about reparation it means that we should offer up our prayers, sufferings and Lenten penances in union with Our Lord's passion and cross in order to repair the harm caused by sin. Pope John Paul II referred to reparation as the "unceasing effort to stand beside the endless crosses on which the Son of God continues to be crucified").
Remember, it may be that because of your particular circumstances you are unable to implement all of these intercessions, but we ask that you just do what you can, and together let us pray to Jesus with sincere hearts to stop this attack on the sacredness of human life in Ireland. You may want to consult your doctor before fasting especially if you are on medication or have any health issues.
Pope Benedict's Prayer for the Church in Ireland
"God of our fathers, may our sorrow and our tears, our sincere effort to redress past wrongs,
and our firm purpose of amendment bear an abundant harvest of grace for the deepening of the faith in our families, parishes, schools and communities,
for the spiritual progress of Irish society, and the growth of charity, justice, joy and peace within the whole human family.
To you, Triune God, confident in the loving protection of Mary, Queen of Ireland, our Mother, and of Saint Patrick,
Saint Brigid and all the saints, do we entrust ourselves, our children, and the needs of the Church in Ireland. Amen."
- Pope Benedict XVI 19/03/10
(For the full text of Pope Benedict's prayer, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org)
The title of this prayer campaign THE GREAT PRAYER FOR LIFE* is taken from the encyclical EVANGELIUM VITAE
(The Gospel of Life) by Pope John Paul II, issued March 25, 1995
Filled with this certainty, and moved by profound concern for the destiny of every man and woman, I repeat what I said to those families who carry out their challenging mission amid so many difficulties: 135 a GREAT PRAYER FOR LIFE is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world. Through special initiatives and in daily prayer, may an impassioned plea rise to God, the Creator and lover of life, from every Christian community, from every group and association, from every family and from the heart of every believer. Jesus himself has shown us by his own example that prayer and fasting are the first and most effective weapons against the forces of evil (cf. Mt 4:1-11). As he taught his disciples, some demons cannot be driven out except in this way (cf. Mk 9:29). Let us therefore discover anew the humility and the courage to pray and fast so that power from on high will break down the walls of lies and deceit: the walls which conceal from the sight of so many of our brothers and sisters the evil of practices and laws which are hostile to life. May this same power turn their hearts to resolutions and goals inspired by the civilisation of life and love.
EVANGELIUM VITAE section 100