Today is a day of spiritual battle for New Zealand. Today our parilament will vote on whether our marriage law should include people irrespective of their “sex, sexual orientation or gender identity”. Woe to New Zealand if the Marriage Amendment Bill passes its first reading today.
Because this is a spiritual battle (and we cannot kid ourselves that it is anything but), today we at Family Life International NZ urge you to pray for a miracle that this Bill does not go any further in our Parliament. We ask that you pray in reparation for the very fact that so many in our country seem to support the marriage of two women or two men. We ask that you pray in reparation for all of our sins and those of the whole world.
Today in the Catholic Church we commemorate the beheading of St John the Baptist. Martyred because he was unafraid to tell Herod that it is wrong to have his brother’s wife.
The Holy Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet are both appropriate prayers to pray this day, as well as attending Holy Mass. In addition, here are some prayers that you may wish to pray while keeping the Marriage Amendment Bill in mind.
St Michael the Archangel, defend us in this day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou oh Prince of the Heavenly Hosts, by the power of God, cast down in to hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who wander now throughout the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Prayers of the Angel of Portugal
My God, I believe, I adore, I trust, and I love Thee. I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not trust, and do not love Thee. (repeat three times)
Bowing over profoundly:
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 Tabernacles throughout the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifferences by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in union with the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.
O Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee! My God, my God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament!
O my Jesus, it is for love of Thee, in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for the conversion of poor sinners, for our Holy Father, and for all of our special intentions and petitions.
Divine Mercy 3 o’clock Prayer
You expired, O Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls and an ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us. O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You. Amen.