Please pray for No vote in Gay marriage referendum in Ireland

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    Ethos New Member

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    Ireland will be having a referendum on whether to introduce Gay marriage or not. If passed it may effect the true family and may destroy marriage as we all know it as well as cause problems for the Catholic Church in Ireland. Some one posted this on Catholic forums so i will re-post this guys blog on the matter:


    A Novena For Ireland

    Could I please ask you to pray for Ireland in these coming weeks?
    As many of you know on the 22nd May the Irish will vote on the issue of same sex marriage, making it equal in every respect to true marriage including placing an obligation on the State and government to protect gay marriage. The consequences of a yes vote on this will be enormous and will effect freedom of religion and freedom of speech, it may also result in the liquidation of Catholic marriage agencies and even our schools - the government has already said that our schools will be forced to defile their Catholic ethos to present same sex marriage as being equal to true marriage. It may be no exaggeration to say that the amendment to the Constitution, if passed, may well be used by some within Irish society to try and instigate a new Penal era here.

    I am asking you to please join us in a novena of prayer from feast of Our Lady of Fatima, the 13th May, to the eve of polling day, the 21st May. The novena is addressed to the Holy Family, here is the link to the novena prayer in my pages section of the blog, but I will include the prayer at the end of this post.
    Could I ask you to offer the Novena prayer each day, perhaps even a number a times each day if possible?

    Could I ask you, if at all possible to offer a day's fasting during the novena - for prayer and fasting are needed?

    Could I ask priests willing to join in the novena to offer a Mass for the intention of the novena?

    Could I ask you to spread news of this novena far and wide, all around the world? There is no copyright on the prayer and you can print it off, have it printed on cards, published on websites, blogs etc, copied and promoted just as long as it is used to bring more and more people to offer the novena for Ireland.
    Of course we must also include the movement in the US and other countries in our prayers. Let us support each other in this task.
    Thank you for your prayer, support and help. Please spread the word far and wide.

    Novena to the Holy Family
    For the cause of marriage and the family

    Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
    Holy Family of Nazareth,
    we bless and venerate you. We commend to your care and protection
    the cause of marriage and family life.
    May the peace which reigned in your home
    take possession of all hearts and abide in all families. Confirm all men and women in the truth
    so we may recognise what is good and right
    and reject all that hinders life
    and the true flourishing of humanity
    Guide the hearts of all citizens
    that we may witness to the truth
    in forming the laws governing our society.
    Bless those who work for the protection
    of marriage, family and life.
    O Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
    Holy Family of Nazareth,
    We entrust our hearts and our lives to you.

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