January 22, 2017
3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children
(NOTE: Because January 22 falls on a Sunday in 2017, the designated observance for 2017 is Monday, January 23.)
The “Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children” is designated as a particular day of prayer and penance for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life, and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion.
We are reminded time and again in Scripture to seek the Lord’s help, and as people of faith, we believe that our prayers are heard.
“A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world. Through special initiatives and in daily prayer, may a fervent plea rise to God, the Creator and lover of life, from every Christian community, from every group, from every family, and from the heart of every believer.” -Pope Saint John Paul II
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.