A novena started today will finish up on election day. There are a lot of life issues (especially S.D.'s abortion ban, parental notification laws in several states, embryonic stem cell research issues and lots more) wrapped up in the upcoming election . Here's a suggested novena sent by one of my reviewers...
Novena for the Culture of Life
This year's election offers another opportunity to further the Culture of Life. Please join us in praying a novena for the victory of the Culture of Life at all levels in the upcoming elections, and in the Supreme Court decision on the federal Partial-Birth Abortion ban (hearing scheduled for Nov 8).
The novena begins on Monday, October 30, and ends election day, November 7, 2006. The suggested prayer is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, but feel free to substitute the Rosary, daily Mass, or another prayer of your choice.
Here's the info on praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy using a regular rosary:
1. Our Father ...
2. Hail Mary ...
3. I believe in God ... (Apostles' Creed)
4. On the "our Father" beads: "Eternal Father I/we offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world."
5. On each "Hail Mary" bead: "For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world."
6. At the end (after 5 decades), pray 3 times: "Holy God, holy mighty One, holy immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world."