Novena To Saint John Chrysostom (On behalf of the Bishops of the US.)
Most Glorious and Venerable Saint John Chrysostom,
Grace shining forth from your lips like a beacon
has illumined the universe.
It shows to the world the treasures of poverty;
it reveals to us the heights of humility.
Teaching us by your words, O Father John Chrysostom,
intercede before the Word, Christ our God, to save our souls!
Pray for the bishops of the United States of America,
who do not teach or practice the Catholic faith in its fullness,
that God will deliver them to orthodoxy,
and reform their ways of living,
so that as exemplars of orthopraxis, they will protect all life,
from the moment of conception to the time of natural death.
Teach them true solidarity with the poor,
so that they understand the consequences
of their moral abandonment of entire nations
of human beings to a collective fate of cruelty and violence
because they were in the way of the American Empire
and its gluttonous lust for oil, supremacy, and blood.
As you refused to obey the aristocratic commands of your era,
help our bishops turn away from the political demands
that cause them to preach a false gospel
of moral relativism regarding war and peace.
Having received Divine grace from heaven,
with your mouth you teach all people to worship the Triune God.
Instruct our bishops with the wisdom of the Gospel,
so that they repent of their material cooperation
with the objective evil of unjust war,
and call all people, in authentic word and deed,
to live in solidarity, peace, and justice.
All-blest and venerable Saint John Chrysostom,
we praise you, for you are our teacher,
revealing things divine!
Pray for us that we may be made worthy
of the promises of Christ.
O God, Who by the preaching
and teaching of Saint John Chrysostom
has given us an example of fortitude
in the face of persecution and political corruption,
grant that we who reverence his life and ministry
may also imitate his example of fidelity to wisdom,
truth, justice, and beauty,
through Jesus Christ Our Lord.
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