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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC FORTNIGHT FOR FREEDOM June 17, 2016 15 Dewitt Church Goods Inc. Restore the beauty of your tabernacle. Call today! Toll Free 1-866-950-3378 In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Holy Father, your Son, our Lord and Savior, brought Freedom of Faith to a society besieged by political oppression and religious tyranny. A King, though not of this world, He taught us that it is the truth that sets us free; and that He is the truth, and the way, and the life. In our beloved nation today, where once the freedom to follow the way of truth beckoned the world's op- pressed, secular tyranny seeks to deny your faithful chil- dren the freedom to follow faith and obey conscience. Please hear these prayers we offer through Mary Immaculate, Virgin of Guadalupe, Our Patroness: preserve and protect the United States of America from all harm; inspire her citizens and elected officials with wisdom and grace; restore to this great nation the freedoms upon which it was founded. Pray: Apostles Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be FIRST LUMINOUS MYSTERY The baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan John the Baptist preached a baptism of repentance, to which a sinless Jesus submitted in humble obedience. We pray that as individuals and as a nation we will always acknowledge and honor divine law as the foun- dation upon which all human law must be built. We beg the grace of Christ the King and the protection of His Blessed Mother upon the 13 original colonies* and all who dwell therein. *(New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia) SECOND LUMINOUS MYSTERY The manifestation of Christ's power at the wedding in Cana My time has not yet come," the savior told His Bless- ed Mother, yet she turned confidently to the servants and said "Do whatever He tells you." We pray that as individuals and a nation, we will be given the grace to hear what Jesus says, and the free- dom to live our lives according to His direction. We beg the grace of Christ the King and the protec- tion of His Blessed Mother upon the Sovereign States formed from the territories of other nations*, and all who dwell therein. *(Maine, Vermont, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Alaska, Hawaii) THIRD LUMINOUS MYSTERY The proclamation of the Kingdom of God and the call to conversion If my kingdom were of this world," Jesus told Pilate, my subjects would fight..." Blessed to be subjects of Christ the King, we are but pilgrims in this world, and subjects of no secular authority. We pray that as individual citizens and as a nation we will ever acknowledge and defend the right to free exercise of religion, as endowed by God and honored by government. We beg the grace of Christ the King and the protection of His Blessed Mother upon the Sovereign States of the Great Lakes and great Rivers* that irrigate the heart of our nation, and all who dwell therein. *(Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wis- consin, Minnesota, Tennessee, Missouri, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas) FOURTH LUMINOUS MYSTERY The transfiguration of Jesus before His apostles at the top of Mount Tabor Out of heaven Peter and the others heard God the Father declare of Jesus: "This is my beloved, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to Him." The United States of America, first of all nations to recognize individual rights as divine endowments, trans- formed subjects to citizens, and government by coercion to government by consent. We pray that as individuals and as a nation, we will heed the transforming word of God, and the instruction of the Church He has instituted to be our Mother and our teacher. We beg the grace of Christ the King and the protection of His Blessed Mother upon all the mountain states of our nation, from the Appalachians to the Sierra Nevada*, and all who dwell therein. *(West Virginia, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, Washington) FIFTH LUMINOUS MYSTERY The institution of the Holy Eucharist as the memorial of our Lord's death, living bread that gives life to man. This is my Body; This is my Blood," He said; "Do this in remembrance of me." We pray that as individuals and as a nation, we may one day all become one body, one spirit with Jesus Christ in celebration of the reconciliation He won for us and all of mankind. We beg the grace of Christ the King and the protection of His Blessed Mother upon all the districts, territories and possessions of the United States*, and all who dwell therein. *(District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa) Pray: Salve Regina, Prayer to Saint Michael, Prayers for the intention of the Holy Father The Luminous Mysteries are normally prayed on Thursdays. This rosary for the preservation of religious freedom is courtesy of Patrick Brennan, St. Peter Cathe- dral, Marquette, parishioner. A rosary for the preservation of religious freedom in the U.S.A Five ways to celebrate the Fortnight for Freedom Pray Hold a prayer vigil for religious freedom. Eucharistic ad- oration, the rosary, and the divine mercy chaplet and all be forms of intercession for our country and our first freedom. Gather Get together and celebrate religious freedom with a parish picnic or barbeque. Hand out religious freedom conversa- tion starters as a way to spur discussion about our first, most precious liberty. Learn Catholic teaching on religious freedom is rich and has much to offer our culture today. Consider getting a study froup together to read and discuss what religious freedom is really all about. Or, consider hosting a religious freedom movie night at your house or parish. Films can be a great way to learn about and reflect on our faith. Here are a few suggestions: A Man for All Seasons, about the martyrdom of St. Thomas More For Greater Glory, about the struggle for religious free- dom in Mexico First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty, a PBS video about religious freedom Becket, about 12th century English martyr St. Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury. Share! Share pictures of Fortnight celebrations in your area on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #Fort- night4Freedom. Your picture might make it to the Fortnight for Freedom website. Learn more at www.fortnight4freedom.org.

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