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With the November elections coming upon us, one woman in Wisconsin has begun a prayer initiative calling on everyone to join in a Eucharistic Divine Mercy Holy Hour for the United States.

"One day, I found in my papers I had stored away a newsletter from the L'Osservatore Romano entitled, 'Divine Mercy: Our Only Hope!'" recalled Judy Hankel, who leads a Eucharistic Apostles of Divine Mercy cenacle in the Milwaukee area. "Although it was dated April 2, 2008, it resonated with me that Divine Mercy may be our only hope. With prayer, all things are possible. But we must pray! We need to pray for the end of abortion and euthanasia, and all sins of the flesh. We need to pray for religious freedom in the U.S. and throughout the world."

The prayers she includes in the downloadable Holy Hour program include the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy, the Rosary, the Litany of the Saints, and the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, among others.

A downloadable pamphlet containing the prayers is available here. Please note that it should be printed on legal-size paper (8-1-2 x 14, two pages, two sides).

"The initiative," said Judy, "was truly God's Divine Mercy. It really came about through prayer, especially the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy; Mass; Eucharistic Adoration; and inspiration from the Holy Spirit. We read about the graces poured down on us by the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Right now, we really need to pray for the United States as we head into the November elections."

Voters on Nov. 6 will be choosing the next president, as well as members of the U.S. Congress and state and local officials.

"In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the second Holy Hour is scheduled for next week," Judy said, "and I hope it will spread throughout the diocese!"

"I prayed that this Holy Hour would be available to everyone in the U.S. to download so that all churches, prayer groups, and individuals can just print it out to pray for our country. We need to pray now. We need to make sacrifices, fast, and pray. In other words, we need to make reparation for our sins and to pray for mercy."

Judy recalled a passage from 2 Chronicles 7:14 that seems fitting for the moment: "If my people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

"I hope," said Judy, "that this Holy Hour will be used by many throughout the country. It is not my work, but God's. May God's will be done."

Again, a downloadable pamphlet containing the prayers is available here. Please note that it should be printed on legal-size paper (8-1-2 x 14, two pages, two sides).

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Mark - Sep 7, 2012

What a powerful set of prayers at a time of great need! Thanks for sharing.

Sally - Sep 8, 2012

Join me in this Eucharistic Divine Mercy Holy Hour for our Country.

Br.Jonathan David Marshall, CMIC - Sep 9, 2012

I WOULD LIKE TO JOIN YOU IN YOUR HOLY HOUR, BUT DON'T MEET THE PRINTING REQUIREMENTS AS RECOMMENDED. IS THERE ANY WAY THAT I CAN GET A COPY OF THE PAMPHLET WITHOUT PRINTING IT, PLEASE? THANKS AND GOD BLESS YOU THROUGH CHRIST OUR LORD!

Judy Hankel - Sep 9, 2012

To Brother Jonathan: You can have a copy center like FedExOffice or Office Max download and print a copy for you and then make copies of that. They should have access to a computer or I can email the program to them. Contact me at judyh@wi.rr.com and we can talk about it.

mary - Sep 9, 2012

I READ YOUR ARTICLE AND YOUR PASSAGE WAS FROM GOD APPEARS TO SOLOMON AGAIN,IN 7;14,IF THEY PRAY TO ME AND REPENT AND TURN AWAY FROM EVIL,THEY HAVE BEEN DOING I WILL HEAR THEM IN HEAVEN FORGIVE THEIR SINS AND MAKE THEIR LAND PROSPEROUS AGAIN, SO GOD HEARS OUR PRAYERSAND NO ONE KNOWS WHEN OUR LORD WILL DO THIS,WE HAVE LOTS OF PRAYER GROUPS AND THE VERY BEST IS JESUS I TRUST IN YOU THE DIVINE MERCY,WE ALSO CAN ADD OUR POPE JOHN PAUL 11 SO PRAY TO THE MOTHER OF JESUS.I AM A PRAYER ASSOCIATE AND I KNOW MY RELIGION SO AS I SAY TO EVERYONE...IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER,AND OF THE SON,AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AMEN AMEN
GOD BLESS YOU JUDY BROTHER YOU HAVE MY PRAYERS ALSO WHEN I READ YOUR ARTICLE, I READ PAPERS AND DONT RECALL SEEING THAT BUT THE BIBLE HA 7;14 AMEN

MARY - Sep 9, 2012

BR.JOHNTHAN MARSHALL YOUR IN MY PRAYERS GOD BLESS YOU AND JESUS I TRUST IN YOU. AMEN

Grace Elliott - Sep 10, 2012

Judy, I believe you were definately guided by the Holy Spirit and I pray that the Holy Hour we have this week will reach many people-and that your fervor will spread to other churches in the Milwaukee Area, and others will be started across America.

spelling helper - Sep 10, 2012

spell-check on first page--
might it change to be: "Tantum Ergo" not: "Tatum Ergo"?
that is the question

Anna - Sep 16, 2012

Judy, we truly have to hold this Nation before our Lord. 2nd Chronicle 7:14 is the promise our Lord has for us, and if we truly pray, seek His face and trun from all our evil, He will forgive us and heal our land. I have pictures of Divine Mercy with that Scripture verses. I will be glad to send it to those who will pray for this nation. Anna

sister marcia,osf - Sep 20, 2012

Glory to God for the gift of His Divine Mercy! America's only hope!
When is next week's Holy Hour?
My Franciscan community has Eucharistic Adoration daily from 9am until 5 pm, a blessed privilege!

Sara - Oct 30, 2012

I encourage everyone to Pray the Chaplet for your polling place!