March 10, 2005

Novena to St. Cyril of Jerusalem: Day 2

Daily Prayer

Come, Holy Spirit, and fill the hearts of the faithful, and kindle in them the fire of divine love.

V. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.

R. And you shall renew the face of the Earth.

Let us pray.

Father, through St. Cyril of Jerusalem you led your Church to a deeper understanding of the mysteries of salvation. Let his prayers help us to know your Son better and to have eternal life in all its fullness. Through his intercession, extend your saving hand to Terri Schindler-Schiavo, and grant her abundant life in this world and in the world to come. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


Day 2 Prayer

St. Cyril of Jerusalem, as a bishop you defended Christ's flock in Jerusalem against heresy. For this, you suffered exile and persecution. In our own era, some clergy have failed to stand up for the teaching of the Church, especially as it relates to human life. Pray for us, we beg you, that our bishops, our priests and our deacons will defend the teaching of the Church. Through your intercession, we humbly ask God our Father to grant our request...

Proposed Intention for Day 2: ...that all bishops and clergy, especially all of the bishops of Florida and Bishop Robert Lynch of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, will speak out strongly for Terri Schindler-Schiavo's life.

On Earth, you were a champion for Christ, confessing his Incarnation without ceasing; now, in Heaven, you are a champion for his Mystical Body. Through your intercession, may our Heavenly Father bring all members of the one Body to respect and protect the lives of all their brothers and sisters. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.