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Invited to take part in a novena

Praying the litany of the Sacred Heart

On Friday I received an email from the Good Counsel Network, inviting us to take part in a novena beginning this Sunday:

We are writing today to ask you to join us in prayer for a very important intention, the [Litany of the Sacred Heart] will be said by Catholics across the UK from Sunday, 26th April… until the following week Monday, 4th May, the Feast of the English Martyrs.

This novena, which involves just the recitation of the Litany of the Sacred Heart, petitions Our Lord, the Good Shepherd, that it may be safe to re-open Churches and restore public Masses as soon as possible.

We know that many Catholics are finding it difficult in these times, separated from Our Lord’s Sacramental Presence in the tabernacle in His Churches. And, of course, many have been affected by the coronavirus, many have died and others have lost loved ones.

We know that care must be taken to ensure the safety of all, so we earnestly entreat Our Lord that, it will be safe to reopen the Churches and restore public Masses as soon as possible.

Please join us. If you hear about it later than those dates, please join anyway.

From the Good Counsel Network

The Litany of the Sacred Heart is available in interactive format on my YouTube channel.

A novena is a prayer repeated over the course of nine days: the Catholic Encyclopaedia (published 1911) has an article about novenas.

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