Thursday, May 22, 2008

'Seige of Jericho' in Birmingham

Action: please support these pro-life processions and associated devotions if you can. This is an example of the use of supernatural means against the evil of abortion. The Good Counsel's regular Masses and prayer-rotas for its work is another; exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during a prayer vigil in Oxford is another. If there is nothing like this is your area then organise something! Political lobbying with as broad a range of pro-lifers (atheists, Muslims etc.) is great but it will be Catholic prayer, devotion to Our Lady and the Blessed Sacrament, and the Mass, which will alone defeat abortion.

From CFNews: Monday 9th June to Sunday 15th June, under the banner of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 'Siege of Jericho', daily public rosary processions in Edgbaston, Birmingham. Priests and people praying the rosary are to process with the Blessed Sacrament round the abortion clinic on Arthur Road, Edgbaston, following the route of Arthur Road, Carpenter Road and Ampton Road. On the weekdays from Monday, June 9th to Saturday, June 14th, inclusive we will start with Mass at the Oratory Church, Haglev Road. Edgbaston at 3pm and after traveling to Arthur Road priests (one carrying the Blessed Sacrament unseen) and people will process once round the route. It will take about 20 minutes. On Sunday, June 15th, we will start at Arthur Road at 2pm (no Mass) and process (priests vested) round the route seven times, carrying the Blessed Sacrament openly, accompanied by the ringing of bells.

During the event supporters will pray before the Blessed Sacrament at St. Dunstan's Church, Kings Heath and other venues, praying many Rosaries. We invite everyone to join us in prayer from their churches or homes or elsewhere, especially the old and the sick.

The Intentions :

1. For a conversion of heart among the organisers and staff of the abortion centre and centres generally, so that they and others may join the present movement to stop abortions world wide. They will know at first hand the distressing effects abortion has on women and the cruel death visited on the babies aborted. They must know too about the lucrative and shameful sale of aborted baby parts.

2. To reinstate the priesthood in the eyes of the people, one of God's purposes at the original Siege of Jericho on which we model this prayer crusade.

To help with organisation please let us know in advance, if you can, on which days you intend to participate. Contact us on 0121 705 9317 or 0121 706 1973. Please tell your priest friends and encourage them to come on one or more days.

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen