March for Life
Praying for and protecting the innocent
Praying for and protecting the innocent
“How can there be too many children? That’s like saying there are too many flowers.” —Mother Teresa
Friday, January 22, 2016, is the “Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.” On this day, we are asked to offer prayer and penance for an end to abortion. We can also attend or watch the “Rally and March for Life” (January 22) and the Masses for Life (January 21/22); attend other prolife activities; pray and fast alone, or as part of a group such as in the “Call to Prayer” campaign; and, join the annual “Nine Days for Life: Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage” from January 16-24, 2016.
Have you ever wondered what “pro-life” means or what the issues associated with abortion are? What is the Church’s teaching on abortion and what does that mean for you? What is the March for Life, and why do people go year after year, now for forty-three years?
Have you ever had a friend seeking support over a crisis pregnancy, and not known what to say or how to help? Or met someone hurting after an abortion, but did not know where to obtain assistance? Are you hurting or need help?
This year marks the 43rd anniversary of Roe v.Wade, a court case leading to national legalized abortion. In response to this decision, the first March for Life was held on January 22, 1974. “Pro-lifers”, persons who seek protection for the lives of unborn children, had a Rally and March in Washington D.C. Now, 100’s of 1000’s of persons attend the March, from every race, creed and background. Pro-lifers also assist those with crisis pregnancies or suffering from post-abortive trauma; and work for legalized protection of the unborn. Do you here the call?
Consider deepening your understanding of this complicated subject and arming yourself with knowledge. Today there are many resources on abortion and many places to obtain help if in need. Below is just a start…
–See the “Pro-life Resources” on the Links tab.
–Visit Project Rachel of the Arlington Diocese, a post-abortion ministry.
–Ask OLV for a Project Rachel magnetic Bumper sticker, or request one, (here).
–Visit the official March for Life website.
–Watch the Masses for Life, March for Life, Walk for Life West Coast, and other special programs.
–Read Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life) written by St. John Paul II.
–Watch Bishop Loverde’s short video: Hurting after abortion: Come Home.
–For post-abortion assistance information, call the confidential Project Rachel help line at 1-888-456-HOPE or email: email@example.com.
–Visit EWTN’s Pro-Life Resources.
–Read Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life), by Bl. Pope Paul VI.
–Watch a short Project Rachel video.
–Visit the USCCB website.
–The Life Center of Page Valley, directed by Carolyn Palmer, provides local outreach.
–Pray, seek and find! Reach out to someone if you are need – you are not alone!
For post-abortion assistance information, call the confidential Project Rachel help line at 1-888-456-HOPE or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Heavenly Father, in Your love for us, protect against the wickedness of the devil, those helpless little ones to whom You have given the gift of life.
Touch with pity the hearts of those women pregnant in our world today who are not thinking of motherhood.
Help them to see that the child they carry is made in Your image – as well as theirs – made for eternal life.
Dispel their fear and selfishness and give them true womanly hearts to love their babies and give them birth and all the needed care that a mother can give.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.
For government leaders, that they may defend life,
For the clergy, that they may speak up for life,
For the pro-life movement,
For those who speak, write, and work to end abortion,
For those who help provide alternatives to abortion…
For those who promote adoption,
For national and local pro-life groups,
For unity in the pro-life movement,
For courage and perseverance in pro-life work,
For those who suffer ridicule and rejection for their stand for life,
For those imprisoned for defending life,
For those who have been injured and mistreated for defending life,
For legal professionals,
For courts and judges,
For police officers,
For media professionals,
In thanksgiving for the babies saved from abortion,
In thanksgiving for the mothers saved and healed from abortion,
In thanksgiving for the former abortion providers who have become pro-life,
In thanksgiving for all those who take a stand against abortion,
In thanksgiving for the call to be part of the pro-life movement,
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hearus,
O Lord, Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Almighty and ever-living God, You have created all things through Your SonJesus Christ. He trampled the power of death by His Paschal Mystery. May allwho acknowledge You promote the sacredness of life and always serve Youfaithfully, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
—By Priests forLife, Fr. Frank A. Pavone, International Director
The National Prayer Vigil for Life is Thursday, January 21, to Friday, January 22, 2016, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in Washington D.C.
It begins with the Solemn Opening Mass on Thursday, January 21st at 5:30 P.M., with New York Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, as the principal celebrant and homilist.
The Vigil will include Confessions, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, National Rosary for Life, Night Prayer, Holy Hours for Life, Eucharistic Adoration, and Morning Prayer.
The Vigil closes with the Solemn Mass for Life on Friday, January 22 at 7:30 A.M. with Pittsburgh Bishop David A. Zubik, as celebrant and homilist.
All are welcome and no tickets are required. Both Masses will be shown on EWTN (on TV and online). Over 20,000 personsare expected to attend.
–See more detailed schedule, (here).
–Frequently asked questions, (here).
–Read history of the Prayer Vigil, (here).
–Read past homilies from 2012-2015, (here).
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