Day 2 of the Fortnight for Freedom
June 22 – Day Two
Daily Scripture Reading (St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 4:4-9)
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption. As proof that you are children, God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God. At a time when you did not know God, you became slaves to things that by nature are not gods; but now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and destitute elemental powers? Do you want to be slaves to them all over again?
Daily Psalm (107:4-9)
Some had lost their way in a barren desert;
found no path toward a city to live in.
They were hungry and thirsty;
their life was ebbing away.
In their distress they cried to the LORD,
who rescued them in their peril,
Guided them by a direct path
so they reached a city to live in.
Let them thank the LORD for his mercy,
such wondrous deeds for the children of Adam.
For he satisfied the thirsty,
filled the hungry with good things.
Daily Prayer (Proper of Saints. June 22. Saints John Fisher, Bishop, and Thomas More, Martyrs. Collect)
O God, who in martyrdom
have brought true faith to its highest expression,
graciously grant that,
strengthened through the intercession
of Saints John Fisher and Thomas More,
we may confirm by the witness of our life
the faith we profess with our lips.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Fortnight Prayer from “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty” http://usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/our-first-most-cherished-liberty.cfm
Almighty God, Father of all nations,
For freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus (Gal 5:1).
We praise and bless you for the gift of religious liberty,
the foundation of human rights, justice, and the common good.
Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties;
By your grace may we have the courage to defend them, for ourselves and for all those who live in this blessed land.
We ask this through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness,
and in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
with whom you live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
St. John Fisher, St. Thomas More, English Martyrs, pray for us.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious, pray for us.
Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us.