Thursday, 22 February 2007

Novena Prayer

The UK Sexual Orientations Regulations are to be contested in the House of Commons at the beginning of March. At present these Regulations are aimed at compelling all adoption agencies to accept homosexual couples as potential guardians. In fact the issue at stake here is not to do with homosexuality or homophobia, but is precisely that one group of people is demanding that another group of people (in this case Catholic Adoption Agencies) offer services which they in conscience cannot deliver. It is always very dangerous territory when a government legislates for conscience.

Could I suggest that you to make a Novena to St Thomas More asking for his intercession, that this matter be overturned by grace and by a surge in public opinion. You might like to cut and paste this Litany:


V. Lord, have mercy
R. Lord have mercy
V. Christ, have mercy
R. Christ have mercy
V. Lord, have mercy
R. Lord have mercy
V. Christ hear us
R. Christ, graciously hear us
V. St. Thomas More, Saint and Martyr, R. Pray for us (Repeat after each invocation)
St. Thomas More, Patron of Statesmen, Politicians and Lawyers
St. Thomas More, Patron of Justices, Judges and Magistrates
St. Thomas More, Model of Integrity and Virtue in Public and Private Life
St. Thomas More, Servant of the Word of God and the Body and Blood of Christ
St. Thomas More, Model of Holiness in the Sacrament of Marriage
St. Thomas More, Teacher of his Children in the Catholic Faith
St. Thomas More, Defender of the Weak and the Poor
St. Thomas More, Promoter of Human Life and Dignity
V. Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world
R. Spare us O Lord
V. Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world
R. Graciously hear us O Lord
V. Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world
R. Have mercy on us

Let us pray:
O Glorious St. Thomas More, Patron of Statesmen, Politicians, Judges and Lawyers, your life of prayer and penance and your zeal for justice, integrity and firm principle in public and family life led you to the path of martyrdom and sainthood. Intercede for our Statesmen, Politicians, Judges and Lawyers, that they may be courageous and effective in their defense and promotion of the sanctity of human life — the foundation of all other human rights. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.


pauper servus et humilis said...

It is appalling that one ideological group (sexual desire should be protected by the state) imposes its own morality (if any) on the whole of a society and in the present case, the Catholic adoption agencies are left with no choice.

Family is an institution which the state honours and grants privilege because of its essential values for the common good of the society. Parents of opposite sexes provide a stable structure for the development of a child. Same-sex parenting deprives the children from learning the difference between sexes. Human procreation and generation are utterly about this difference.

I didn't discover this novena prayer in time so I won't be able to fulfil the nine days obligation. But with my limited measures I shall pray that God intervene this tragedy, in whichever way He deems necessary.

In times of "persecution" (is it too strong a word to use now?), dear Fathers, the Sacred-Heart will triumph, so be courageous!

a reader from Taipei, Taiwan

Fr Richard Aladics said...

You have not run out of time to make a novena. You can start a novena for this intention at any time.

Carmel said...

I do hope that anyone reading this part of the blog will take some sort of action to lobby the government over this scandalous situation.