CNA Staff, Oct 21, 2020 / 14:00 pm
The bishops of the United States are encouraging Catholics to pray a novena to help form their consciences ahead of Election Day on Nov. 3.
“For nine consecutive days, Monday, October 26 through Tuesday, Nov. 3, participants will be encouraged to pray one Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be for the day’s intention,” says the USCCB’s webpage for the 2020 Election Novena.
A closing prayer for elected leaders will be offered on day 10, Wednesday, November 4.
The closing prayer asks that “the leaders elected this week be guided by the Holy Spirit as they fulfill their positions.”
Due to the prevalence of mail-in voting this election, it is possible that the results of some elections may not be known for several days.
The USCCB will write a new intention each day of the novena, and a signup link for email reminders is provided on the noevena’s webpage, along with graphics for social media.
None of the daily intentions are partisan in nature, and most are reminders of various facets of Catholic teaching, including a plea for dialogue, a reminder of the importance of the dignity of human life, and a stress on the importance of religious freedom.
The intention for Election Day reads “Today, as we approach the polls, may we understand & embrace the principles of our Faith that should guide our political engagement.”