Tuesday, January 22, 2008

January 22 - High Holy Day of the Culture of Death

[The Catholic bishops of the United States have designated January 22 as a special day of prayer and penance in reparation for the massive killing that has resulted from the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision (handed down January 22, 1973) which permitted abortion throughout pregnancy.]

Prayer of Reparation

God and Creator of Life,
You have created every human person in love,
And have opened the way for each to behold your Face.

But as a people, we have rejected love and hope.
And in our fear and arrogance, have chosen to live in the shadow of death.
Tens of millions of your children have been killed
Because of the Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

Father, have mercy on us.
Heal our land
And accept our offering of prayer and penance.
In your love for us,
Turn back the scourge of abortion.

May each of us exult in hearts full of hope
And hands full of mercy
And work together to build a culture of life.

We pray this through Christ our Lord. Amen.