We have a reprieve, The Bill (for homosexual marriage) has not been passed yet.
We are all emailing our M.P’s. The ACl (Australian Christian Lobby) has joined the fight.
The good news is that the Australian Bishops have issued a joint statement proclaiming the traditional Catholic doctrine and teaching about marriage.
Of course – it’s all over the media, with documentary shows getting in on the act with a discussion forum.
Our Holy Hour last week was successful!
We had a lot of people praying jointly before the exposed Blessed Sacrament. The prayers were as one voice.
We did it again today.
About the same number, but a few more faces.
You can organize a holy hour in your parish.
We had exposition of the Bl. Sacrament, and prayers such as: Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Rosary, Litany of Precious Blood, prayers to Mary Help of Christians, Hymns and finishing with Benediction. We found a great prayer on the back of a holy card which was called “Crusade of Prayer for the protection of Australia as a Christian Nation”. It was written by Archbishop Little of Melbourne way back in 1974. It had am Imprimatur. How appropriate and prophetic!
Suggested prayers for Holy Hour:
Prayer before Blessed Sacrament:
“O most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.”
Hymn: Sweet Sacrament Divine
PRAYER TO OUR LADY HELP OF CHRISTIANS FOR AUSTRALIA
Lord, You place deep in our hearts the love of Mary, Help of Christians. Through her prayers grant wisdom to our leaders and integrity to our citizens. Under her protection may Australia be granted harmony, justice and peace.
CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY beginning with 3 O’clock prayer
At end of chaplet: “Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to your holy Will, which is Love and mercy itself
LITANY OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD
CONSECRATION TO THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST
HYMN Help of Christians guard this land
CRUSADE OF PRAYER FOR THE SAFETY OF AUSTRALIA AS A CHRISTIAN NATION (Archbishop of Melb, T.F Little 1975)
Almighty God, we Thy people cry out in our affliction.
Do not scorn us but for the glory of Thy name come to our rescue.
Look mercifully upon us in our tribulation, and, though we have justly deserved punishment, turn away Thy wrath.
Through Jesus Christ Our Lord, Amen.
Mary Help of Christians, bring succour and peace to Australia
SORROWFUL MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY
Each decade interspersed with 1 verse from Hymn (Star of Ocean lead us) before each mystery. (Verses 1,2,3,4,6)
At the end: Hail Holy Queen, Prayer after Rosary and Prayer to St Michael)
PRAYER TO ST JOSEPH (Prayer of Pope Leo X111)
To thee, O blessed Joseph, we have recourse in our affliction, and having implored the help of thy thrice holy Spouse, we now, with hearts filled with confidence, earnestly beg thee also to take us under thy protection.
By that charity wherewith thou wert united to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that fatherly love with which thou didst cherish the Child Jesus, we beseech thee and we humbly pray that thou wilt look down with gracious eye upon that inheritance which Jesus Christ purchased by His blood, and wilt succour us in our need by thy power and strength.
Defend, O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, the chosen off-spring of Jesus Christ. Keep from us, O most loving Father, all blight of error and corruption.
Aid us from on high, most valiant defender, in this conflict with the powers of darkness. And even as of old thou didst rescue the Child Jesus from the peril of His life, so now defend God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity.
Shield us ever under thy patronage, that, following thine example and strengthened by thy help, we may live a holy life, die a happy death, and attain to everlasting bliss in Heaven. Amen.
FINAL Hymn ”We Stand for God”