DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - A Catholic group is seeking to meet its goal to hold 5,400 Masses for President Trump by Election Day.
Richard Manougian, chief organizer of the "Nationwide Novena of 5,400 Masses for President Trump," told Church Militant Monday he's renewing his invitation to the faithful throughout the United States and the world. Manougian is just a little over 1,500 Masses short of this goal. With just over 30 days until the election, he's urging people to sign on now and tell their friends and family about the holy campaign.
"There's a lot at stake in the election — religious liberty, rights of the unborn, the tyranny of communism, Supreme Court justices, federal judgeships," the Catholic leader related.
He believes "the multitude of Masses will empower the president and the country to push back in divinely inspired ways."
Manougian described the response to his Mass campaign as "amazing."
"Feedback from the faithful has shown great enthusiasm for a spiritual weapon they had overlooked," the Catholic lay leader observed.
The website records in real time the names of campaign participants from around the country. So far, faithful in 45 states have scheduled Masses for Trump at their parishes. And Catholics have participated from various countries including Australia, Canada, China, France, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Nigeria, Poland, Singapore and the United Kingdom.
Manougian says the international participation reveals how people all over the world realize the high stakes of this election not only for the United States but also for each in their respective countries.
Manougian said a person from Nigeria phoned him to tell him that his prayers were for Trump, whom he sees as a champion of religious liberty. The Nigerian said the Christians in Nigeria live in daily fear of spies, persecution — even death — and are praying for Trump's protection, which they did not find under Obama's administration.
To join in, the faithful can visit the campaign's website, where they can register their Masses in one of two ways.
The first option, which the website recommends, is for Catholics to schedule a Mass at their local church. They can then record the Mass on the campaign website.
Manougian alerts the faithful to the possibility that some priests may refuse — "which they should not do" — to celebrate a Mass for President Trump. He says in that event, they can simply record their intention at their parish as "private."
The second option is to donate a $20 Mass stipend at the campaign's GoFundMe page, and Manougian's staff will arrange for the Mass.
"The faithful recognize the divine power of the Mass and it is freely at their disposal. They just need to be made aware of this novena," Manougian added.
The campaign's positive response has propelled Manougian's efforts to renew his invitation.
"I did not want to stand in the way of the growing enthusiasm throughout the United States and the world for having the Mass said for the success of President Trump and our country," he said. "With more Masses coming in daily and sometimes hourly, I wanted to continue the novena until we reach our goal."
Underscoring the import of the campaign and moreover the Holy Mass, the campaign website includes this quotation: "The Mass is the greatest wonder in the world. There is nothing on earth equal to it, and there is nothing in Heaven greater than it. The next greatest wonder is the indifference and ignorance of Catholics regarding Holy Mass."
Manougian added another invitation to the faithful as a culmination to the campaign. He asked that faithful all over the world fast and pray on Nov. 2, All Souls Day, for the success of the election.
For more information, visit the National Novena of 5,400 Masses for President Trump web page, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (516) 557-5211.