Prayer and Fasting before Election
As we approach election day, Bishop Michael McKenna has called on all Catholics in the Diocese of Bathurst to observe Friday 1st July with Prayer and Fasting "for God's blessings of justice and reconciliation on our country; and for the gift of wisdom for ourselves and for those whom we elect".
In talking about the day of prayer and fasting, Bishop McKenna quoted the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference's recent Statement on the coming federal election...."for Christians and others, prayer is an essential part of this long journey to the election. By prayer, we mean first listening to God who has a word to speak in all this - the God who is neither voiceless nor faceless".
All parishes in the Diocese have been asked to take part in this special day. You can read the ACBC statement at A Vote for the Voiceless and the ACBC Prayer for the Election below.
Bishop Michael will celebrate Mass on Friday 1st July at the Cathedral of St Michael and St John at 5.45pm.
A Prayer for the Election
Holy God, at the dawn of time you fashioned the world and set it on its course.
In the fullness of time your Son took flesh and sowed the seeds of a new order,
and day by day your Spirit works to bring to birth your realm of mercy, justice and peace.
We give you thanks for Australia, the Great South Land of the Holy Spirit. In this Spirit we pray for our land
and all its people as the nation prepares to elect a new Federal Parliament.
We pray for the women and men who have offered themselves as candidates for public office.
May those who are elected set their hearts always on honourable service and the common good.
We pray for the citizens of this much-blessed country, that they may take up their responsibility to vote
with wisdom and freedom, and choose what is best for the whole community.
Loving God, to listen to your Son is to be moved to speak up for the unseen and unheard.
Give us hearts to heed your Word and mouths to declare your truth.
We pray that throughout this election campaign, Christian communities will be a voice for the voiceless.
We especially remember refugees and asylum seekers, indigenous peoples, survivors of sexual abuse,
those who suffer family violence, those in the womb, the elderly, those suffering mental illness,
those suffering addiction, those entrapped in new forms of slavery and the desperately poor beyond our shores.
We hold before you the whole of our world, both social and natural.
We pray for a healthy society in which marriage and family life is respected and supported.
We pray for the earth our home – the land on which we dwell, the air we breathe, the water we drink –
that creation’s cry for healing and care is heard.
Bless all who are elected to serve the nation;
may the wisdom and courage of the Holy Spirit guide them to govern for the good of all.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.