Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Tonight: Vigil Mass for the Unborn; Tomorrow - a Day of Prayer and Penance

The annual vigil Mass for life will take place tonight at 7:00pm in Washington DC at the National Basilica. Tune in on EWTN (most local Catholic television stations will also carry it live). If you don't have that and have a connection better than the old dialup, go to EWTN and watch it live on the interent. It is spectacular to see hundreds of priests and bishops, and 16,000 people crammed into the church.

Someday, I pray we will see numbers like those seen at yesterday's inauguration descend on Washington DC on January 22nd until we end this law that permits the worst form of discrimination against a class of people known as.....the unborn.

Pray for participants who are being met undoubtedly with challenges of yesterday's inauguration.

Here is a list of pro-life activities for the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade there in DC.

And, I want to remind you that the Catholic Church (and many other faiths), have named January 22nd as a day of prayer and penance each year:

“In all the dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23, when January 22 falls on a Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion, and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life. The Mass 'For Peace and Justice' (no. 22 of the 'Masses for Various Needs') should be celebrated with violet vestments as an appropriate liturgical observance for this day.”

– General Instruction of the Roman Missal, no. 373

With that, I leave you this video from Catholics Coming Home:

Te Deum Laudamus! Home

The obedient are not held captive by Holy Mother Church; it is the disobedient who are held captive by the world!