Novena for National Unity and End to Racism

Sunday, June 7 – Monday, June 15

This Novena for National Unity and End to Racism that has been provided by the national Knights of Columbus.  Bishop Thomas invites us to pray the novena each day, beginning Sunday, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, June 7-15. So that all the faithful of the Diocese would be united in praying for an end to racism and violence and for a greater respect for human life.

Prayer to the Most Holy Trinity

Heavenly Father, you so loved the world that you sent us
your only begotten Son as our Redeemer. The Holy
Spirit rested upon your Beloved Son as he preached the
Good News, cured the sick, and gave his life to break
down each sinful barrier that separates us from you and
from oneanother.With your Son, O Father, you sent the
Holy Spirit upon your Church that she might extend
your saving truth and love to every race and nation.
So it is that we praise you, O Glorious Trinity, One God
in Three Persons, united in one Divine Nature yet
distinct in each Person — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
As you are united in one Divine Nature, we ask you to
bring together in your love all whom hatred and racism
have separated. Pour your love into our hearts, that we
may speak thetruth boldly and in aspirit ofcharity,and
labor unceasingly for justice, peaceand reconciliation in
our divided nation and world. O Father, source of every
blessing, O Son, Radiant Truth, O Spirit of Love,enable
us to respect and love those who are different from
ourselves and remove from our hearts, our homes, our
Church, and our society every trace of racism.
Grant us, in your mercy, renewed and lasting resolve
‘to mend our ways, to encourage one another, to agree
with oneanother,and to livein peace.’ (cf. 2 Cor 13:11)
Grant us the wisdom to create a civilization of truth,
justiceand love, worthy of yourKingdom.Then weshall
know that you aretruly with us, O God of life, truth and
love, living and reigning forever and ever. Amen.

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