Burning churches. Firebombed offices. Headless statues. While we demand justice, we also know that some demons “can only be driven out by prayer and fasting.” Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
We will send you special access to all the novena prayers and an email each day to remind you to pray.
The word “novena” comes from the Latin word for “nine,” and a novena is nine days of prayer usually for a specific intention. The first novena actually predates the Church itself! After Our Lord’s ascension into heaven, the apostles and the Blessed Mother prayed together for nine days in the Upper Room. On the ninth day, the Holy Spirit descended at Pentecost, the birthday of the Church!
Since then, the practice of devoting nine days of prayer for a particular cause or in honor of a particular saint has been embraced by Catholics throughout the world.
We’ve seen a surge in violence against our faith for over two years now – and CatholicVote is tracking it. The violence really gained steam in early May with the leak of the Dobbs’ decision. Since then, there have been over 68 attacks on Catholic churches and nearly 70 attacks – including firebombing – on pregnancy resource centers across 26 states.
We have taken action – we’ve called on our president and Attorney General to do their jobs and prosecute these crimes. (So far, silence.) We are also in the midst of our largest ad campaign ever to turn Congress pro-life this midterm election.
But we also know that some demons “can only be driven out by prayer and fasting.” (Mark 9:29) So, before we go to the polls, we go to the cross.
This novena – leading up to the Feast of the Archangels on September 29 – will draw Catholics across the country together to ask our Lord and St. Michael to do battle for us.
And that is our most important work.
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We will send you special access to the entire Novena and send you an email each day to remind you to pray.
Share this prayer with your friend and family – we can encourage each other to pray for this intention. Remember, prayer changes history!
Catholics have always gone to St. Michael, the prince of the archangels, to help them in battle. We know that the anger and violence we see from pro-abortion activists express their slavery under the lies of the evil one. Abortion and infanticide open human beings up to the influence of the fallen angels, and we ask the Prince of Angels to fight for us in this battle.
Pope St. Leo XIII promulgated the St. Michael prayer in the late 1800’s after a vision of Satan being given free reign over the Church and the world. He wanted to give Catholics a prayer by which they could call upon the Archangel against the powers of darkness.
For more on the Catholic tradition of asking angels and saints to pray for us, see this great article from Ascension Press.
To paraphrase St. Augustine, “Work as if everything depended on you. Pray as if everything depended on God.” We here at Catholicvote encourage you to give generously to your local pregnancy resource center and parish – be a light in a time of darkness!
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“As Catholics, before we go to the polls, we go to the Cross.”
brian burch, president, Catholicvote