Thursday, January 21, 2010

Pray to End Abortion

On this, the anniversary of Roe versus Wade, we offer prayers on behalf of the unborn and also in the hope of ending the horrible and inhumane practice of abortion, which has claimed the lives of tens of millions of our fellow citizens. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them.

In solidarity with the unborn, and with those who this day are participating in the March for Life in Washington D.C. and similar events across the country, we offer our prayers and spiritual blessings that we may advance the pro-life cause and defeat the culture of death.
We also pray this day for others who are threatened by violence and neglect in this world that ignores human dignity and fails to see the Creator's image in every human person. May God's Spirit transform our culture so that our laws reflect His laws and justice can be served.

Prayer to Mary, Mother of Life
O Mary, bright dawn of the new world,
Mother of the living,
to you do we entrust the cause of life
Look down, O Mother,
upon the vast numbers of babies
not allowed to be born,

of the poor whose lives are made difficult,
of men and women
who are victims of brutal violence,
of the elderly and the sick
killed by indifference
or out of misguided mercy.

Grant that all who believe in your Son
may proclaim the Gospel of life
with honesty and love
to the people of our time.

Obtain for them the grace
to accept that Gospel
as a gift ever new,
the joy of celebrating it
with gratitude
throughout their lives
and the courage
to bear witness to it
in order to build,
with all people of good will,

the civilization of truth and love,
to the praise and glory of God,
the Creator and lover of life.

God Our Father, Giver of life,
we entrust the United States of America
to Your loving care.
You are the rock
on which this nation was founded.
You alone are the true source
of our cherished rights
to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Reclaim this land for Your glory
and dwell among Your people.
Send Your Spirit
to touch the hearts
of our nation's leaders.
Open their minds
to the great worth of human life
and the responsibilities
that accompany human freedom.

Remind Your people
that true happiness
is rooted
in seeking and doing Your will.

Through the intercession of Mary Immaculate,
Patroness of our land,

grant us the courage
to reject
the "culture of death."
Lead us into a new millennium of life.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen!

(From Pope John Paul II's Evangelium vitae)

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Prayer to End Abortion

Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life,
And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters.
I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion,
Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death
by the Resurrection of Your Son.

I am ready to do my part in ending abortion.
Today I commit myself Never to be silent,
Never to be passive,
Never to be forgetful of the unborn.
I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement,
And never to stop defending life
Until all my brothers and sisters are protected,
And our nation once again becomes
A nation with liberty and justice
Not just for some, but for all,

Through Christ our Lord. Amen!

(From Priests for Life website)

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