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Sorrowful Mysteries for America

Opening Prayer

Heavenly Father, I unite with all those around the country who are also praying this novena. I come to you with faith, hope, and trust in the Word of God where Your Son Jesus said, “if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in Heaven.” (Mt. 18:19)

We ask, Father, that you have mercy on the United States of America. We ask that you open our hearts, our eyes, our minds, and our ears to Your Word. We ask that You pour out Your Holy Spirit upon the people of this country. Grant us the gifts of wisdom, understanding, knowledge, piety, fortitude, counsel, and fear of the Lord.

We ask you, Mary, of the Immaculate Conception—the patron Saint of the United States, who the Lord cannot refuse—to intercede for us regarding these intentions. Oh, Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!

We ask you, St. Michael the Archangel—our celestial chief (Dn. 10:21)—to defend this country and its people with all the power and might given you by God. Stand guard with a battalion of Heavenly angels around the political leaders in every state.

In the Name of Jesus Christ and by the power of His Blood, may Satan be bound, silenced, and immobilized in his work against this country, our Church, and our families.

With souls thus protected and hearts filled with the Holy Spirit, we pray for a great awakening of the Bride of Christ, His Church on earth. We pray that a new multitude returns to the Church with great zeal and love for God. We pray the United States of America will be resurrected as one holy nation under God.

Lord, guard us, defend us, and sustain us in the battle against these principalities. We trust in You, Jesus, for all of our needs—physical, emotional, and spiritual. Grant us the strength, courage, and fortitude to accomplish your will in all things and to usher in Your Kingdom here on earth. Amen.

The Agony in the Garden:

Judas led soldiers into the garden of Gethsemane where Jesus was praying. A fight broke out between the soldiers and Jesus’ disciples, and a soldier’s ear was cut off. Jesus ordered the disciples to stop fighting and He healed the man’s ear. Eternal Father, I pray that all Judases and betrayers of Jesus who work for the United States government find healing and peace through Him. I pray the Lord restores their spiritual ears so they can hear His voice.

Pray one Hail Mary for the leaders, lawmakers, and citizens in each of the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, and Georgia

The Scourging at the Pillar:

The Governor, Pilate, met with Jesus and asked Him a very pointed question: what is truth? Because he did not recognize truth, Pilate ordered that Jesus be scourged to satisfy the shouting crowd. Eternal Father, I pray that all governors in the United States of America receive the grace to know truth. And I pray they receive the courage and holy boldness needed to resist atheistic shouts and end the scourging of Christians.

Pray one Hail Mary for the leaders, lawmakers, and citizens in each of the following states: Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, and Maryland

The Crowning with Thorns:

Because they could not understand His true dominion, the soldiers mocked Jesus by putting a crown of thorns on His head. They put a purple robe on Him—the color of royalty—and they bowed and spit on Him. Eternal Father, I pray that all those in authority here in the United States of America begin to understand God’s dominion over our land. I pray they receive the grace of contrition and remorse for the ways they have mocked and spit on the Body of Christ, His Church. And they experience and true and lasting conversion.

Pray one Hail Mary for the leaders, lawmakers, and citizens in each of the following states: Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, and New Hampshire

The Carrying of the Cross:

Because Jesus was weak and stumbling, the authorities ordered Simon the Cyrene to help Jesus carry His Cross for the remainder of His journey. Eternal Father, I pray that the authorities here in America give help to the Body of Christ—now weak and stumbling in the faith—so that the Church will have the strength to carry its cross to the very end.

Pray one Hail Mary for the leaders, lawmakers, and citizens in each of the following states: New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and South Carolina

The Crucifixion:

As the lance was thrust into the side of Jesus on the cross, Blood and Water flowed out upon the centurion. He was converted immediately and became a saint in the Church. Eternal Father, I pray the Divine Mercy of God flows out upon the American politicians who pierce Jesus the most. I pray they, too, experience an immediate conversion and one day become saints in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Pray one Hail Mary for the leaders, lawmakers, and citizens in each of the following states: South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

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