The Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a document, “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty,â€ť outlining the bishopsâ€™ concerns over threats to religious freedom, both at home and abroad. The bishops called for a â€śFortnight for Freedom,â€ť a 14-day period of prayer, education and action in support of religious freedom, from June 21-July 4.
Parishes are encouraged to arrange special events to highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. Catholic institutions are encouraged to do the same, especially in cooperation with other Christians, Jews, people of other faiths and all who wish to defend our most cherished freedom.
The fourteen days from June 21â€”the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas Moreâ€”to July 4, Independence Day, are dedicated to this â€śfortnight for freedomâ€ťâ€”a great hymn of prayer for our country. Our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political powerâ€”St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. Culminating on Independence Day, this special period of prayer, study, catechesis, and public action would emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty.
The following prayers may be used in solidarity with the bishops’ call to penance and prayer to restore religious freedom & conscience protections.
Please note: No special permissions are required to use these prayers, so long as no modification is made and proper attribution is given as noted on the resources.
Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty
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There are no plans to sell any of the other four designs at this time.
All six prayer cards may still be downloaded for free from the links below.