The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is imploring the faithful to pray the following at noon on Ash Wednesday next week:

A Prayer for Religious Liberty (for individuals)
Blessed are you God and I praise you for the gift of freedom. This day, I pray especially for government leaders – the men and women elected or appointed as the stewards of our rights and the overseers of our needs. Grant them true discernment so that they may never stray from the duties with which we citizens have entrusted them to uphold our religious freedom and care for our well-being. Give me the power to touch with your truth everything and everyone I meet. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for Religious Liberty (for groups)
Blessed are you Lord God.

We praise you for the gift of freedom.

This day,

we pray especially for government leaders

the men and women elected

or appointed as the stewards of our rights

and the overseers of our needs.

Grant them true discernment

so that they may never stray from the duties

with which we citizens have entrusted them

to uphold our religious freedom

and care for our well-being.

Give us the power to touch with your truth

everything and everyone we meet.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Archbishop Schnurr has also written a letter in response to Obama’s “so-called accommodation” to his HHS mandate.

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