Novena to Stop the HHS Mandate Starts TODAY

Posted by Matt Yonke (October 11, 2012 at 6:00 am)

praying handsWe fight for justice in government with many weapons. We use Rallies like we’ll hold on October 20, we use our power to vote, we use our voices and pens so our representatives in government know our concerns. But we must never forget that the strongest weapon we have is prayer.

Temporal rulers will come and go, but God is the great king over all, so recourse to Him is where our confidence must ultimately last. It is well within His power to stop the Obama Administration’s pernicious HHS Mandate.

With that in mind, we are asking all people of faith to join in a united prayer effort to Stop the HHS Mandate. In preparation for the October 20 Rally, we are calling on everyone to join in the “Novena for a Reversal of the HHS Mandate” that was such a blessing in the lead up to the Rallies in March and June, which begins today.

A novena is a nine day prayer sequence for a particular intention, in this case the Rally for Religious Freedom and the defeat of the HHS Mandate. Though the devotion has its roots in Catholic spirituality, the prayers here are ones that people of any Christian tradition can pray.

We will be posting the prayers for each day here on the Stand Up blog for the next nine days leading up to the October 20 Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom. Please join with us in this important prayer effort. Here is the prayer for today, October 11:

Novena for a Reversal of the HHS Mandate: Day 1

Lord God,

You are the Author of Life and Freedom.
In Your Spirit, we have the freedom of the children of God,
and in Your Name, we promote the freedom of all
to seek, embrace, and live the truth of Your Word.

In that freedom, Lord, we your people stand with Life
and reject whatever destroys life
or distorts the meaning of human sexuality.

In that freedom, Lord, we Your people live our lives
in a way that advances Your Kingdom of Life,
and we refuse to cooperate in what is evil.

At this moment, therefore, when our government has decided
to force us to cooperate in evil,
we pray for the grace to be faithful to You
and to oppose the unjust laws and mandates
that have been imposed upon us and our institutions.

We pray for the conversion of those in civil authority
who fail to appreciate the demands of conscience.
We pray for the complete reversal of all policies
that permit the destruction of life
or coerce the cooperation of Your people
in practices that are wrong.

Bring us to a Culture of Life.

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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12 Responses to “Novena to Stop the HHS Mandate Starts TODAY”

  1. Pat lynch says:


    October 11th, 2012 at 7:37 am
  2. Christina says:


    October 11th, 2012 at 7:59 am
  3. Shirley says:

    Praise God, from whom all blessings flow, I pray all Christians will join in this prayer, for more things are wroght by prayer than this world dreams of. Blessed be the Lord our God Forever.

    October 11th, 2012 at 11:05 am
  4. Joe says:

    Just added this prayer to My Prayers on “Laudate” on my Android phone.

    Will there be a different prayer each day or the same prayer for the entire novena?

    October 11th, 2012 at 11:12 am
  5. Sandy says:

    Thanks Eric.

    October 11th, 2012 at 12:08 pm
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  7. Josephine says:

    Praise God that we can use emails for the good thankful that I can join others praire

    October 11th, 2012 at 5:12 pm
  8. Howard & Barbara Davis says:

    How can any one kill a baby, born or inborn? It is so unbelieveable & yet it has taken an estimated 63 Million innocent lives. It is a wonder that Sodom & Gormaha has not been thrown down on the USA over this National sin. Truely Abortion Clinics are America’s Death Camps. I read we have 750 Abortion Clinics in the USA. How is that possible with so many Christian Churches all over America? GuardianAngel2012

    October 11th, 2012 at 9:16 pm
  9. Judy & Jeff says:

    It seems like many Americans have their minds and hearts shut to the Truth.
    Humans have souls from our creator.
    When a human soul, not yet out of the womb, is denied God’s Will to be part of His creation, it makes my spirit mourn for the loss of each spirit. Children are a joy, not an obstacle.
    It is the self-centered ego that puts oneself in the position to think that one’s life will be over, when in fact, it is the child that makes life worth living!
    I pray that the souls of these mothers who agree to the death of their child, will be saved. The child’s soul is with the Lord.

    October 12th, 2012 at 8:28 pm
  10. barb says:

    today Novena?

    October 12th, 2012 at 9:45 pm
  11. Janaia Klang says:

    I am praying the daily Novenas and I will fast.

    October 16th, 2012 at 7:19 am
  12. lainy says:

    Should obey the 10 commandments especially the heated topic of abortion: thou shall not kill. Those who are pro choice, don’t they realize if their parents were in favor of abortion, they won’t be around.

    October 21st, 2012 at 4:15 pm