Monday, January 22, 2007

March for Life--Day of Penance in the U.S.

Please pray for those going to the March for Life in Washington, DC today. And, pray for all the victims of abortion, both the babies killed, and the mothers and fathers who have to live with their decision for the rest of their lives.

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 withviolet vestments as an appropriate liturgical observance for this day.

~General Instruction of the Roman Missal, no. 373

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