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Faith and Pro-Life Organizations to 'Encircle' the Supreme Court in Prayer on the Eve of Historic Health Care Oral Arguments

Contact: Rev. Patrick Mahoney, 540-538-4741

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- The groups will also lay 3,300 flowers around the court as a "prophetic witness" to the Justices, reminding them of the 3,300 children who die every day from abortion and the 3,300 women who are diminished through abortion.

The prayer vigil and laying flowers around the Supreme Court will take place on Sunday, March 25, at 2:00-4:00 P.M.

If the President's health care legislation is declared unconstitutional, it would end taxpayer subsidized abortions and unjust and immoral mandates forcing religious institutions to cover abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization in their health coverage for employees.

Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition and one of the organizers of "Encircle the Court in Prayer", states;

"We are calling people from all America to come to Supreme Court and 'encircle it with prayer' from March 25 as we cry out to God for justice, human rights and religious freedom.

"Sadly, the President's Health Care legislation crushes religious freedom and liberty with unjust mandates on faith institutions and forces taxpayers to subsidize abortions.

"We will be praying that the President's Health Care legislation is declared unconstitutional so Congress can put forward health care legislation that will respect religious freedom, protect human life and honor the principles of our Constitution.

"When Roe v. Wade was decided, the Christian community was detached and uninvolved.  We want to make sure that is not the case this time as we challenge people of faith to publicly pray and speak out with boldness and passion."

For more information or interviews call:
Rev. Patrick Mahoney at  540.538 4741

Below is the prayer schedule:

"Encircle the Court with Prayer"
3:00 - 3:10   Pray that God would use us to reach out to the poor and needy and end abortion. 

Meditate and reflect on the prayer of Mother Teresa.
PRAYER FOR THE POOR
Who is Jesus to me?
Jesus is the Word made Flesh.
Jesus is the Bread of Life.
Jesus is the Victim offered for our sins on the Cross.
Jesus is the Sacrifice at Holy Mass for the sins of the world and mine.
Jesus is the Word - to be spoken.
Jesus is the Truth - to be told.
Jesus is the Way - to be walked.
Jesus is the Light - to be lit.
Jesus is the Life - to be loved.
Jesus is the Joy - to be shared.
Jesus is the Sacrifice - to be given.
Jesus is the Bread of Life - to be eaten.
Jesus is the Hungry - to be fed.
Jesus is the Thirsty - to be satiated.
Jesus is the Naked - to be clothed.
Jesus is the Homeless - to be taken in.
Jesus is the Sick - to be healed.
Jesus is the Lonely - to be loved.
Jesus is the Unwanted - to be wanted.
Jesus is the Leper - to wash his wounds.
Jesus is the Beggar - to give him a smile.
Jesus is the Drunkard - to listen to him.
Jesus is the Little One - to embrace him.
Jesus is the Dumb - to speak to him.
Jesus is the Crippled - to walk with him.
Jesus is the Drug Addict - to befriend him.
Jesus is the Prostitute - to remove from danger and befriend her.
Jesus is the Prisoner - to be visited.
Jesus is the Old - to be served.
To me Jesus is my God,
          Jesus is my Spouse,
          Jesus is my Life,
          Jesus is my only Love,
          Jesus is my All in All,
          Jesus is my Everything.
 
Amen.
(By Mother Teresa of Calcutta.)
 
3:10 - 3:20: "Create in me a clean heart O God..."  Psalm 51:10. Pray for repentance in our own hearts as we have been selfish, indifferent and self-focused.  Pray that God will ignite a spiritual awakening in His Church across America.

3:20 - 3:35: Prayer for God's wisdom, discernment and clarity for the Supreme Court Justices regarding President Obama's Healthcare legislation.  The Justices are: Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Scalia, Justice Kennedy, Justice Thomas, Justice Breyer, Justice Ginsburg, Justice Alito, Justice Sotomayor and Justice Kagan.

3:35 - 3:45: Pray for Health Care that embraces religious freedom, does not include abortion, respects our Constitution and provides true justice and care for every American.

3:45 - 3:55: Prayer for President Obama, the members of Congress and all our political leaders that they would honor God, embrace the broken and needy and work together for the good of all. Also, that God would resist all legislation is that is unjust and violates the principles of the Constitution and God's Word.

3:55 - 4:00: Head back to the sidewalk in front of the steps to the Supreme Court.