Monday, January 20, 2020

US Bishops Promote 9 Days for Life Prayers : January 21-29, 2020 with Free Resources - #ProLife Prayers


USCCB: 9 Days for Life: January 21-29, 2020

    9 Days for Life 2020 will take place Tuesday,
    January 21 - Wednesday, January 29.
     9 Days for Life is a multi-faceted
     novena for the respect and protection
     of human life. Each day, a different
     intention is accompanied by a short
     reflection, suggested actions, and
     related information.
     Sign up to receive the novena by email, text
Additional resources to observe the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children are available here. . . .
RespectLife Release : On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court legalized abortion throughout the United States in its companion decisions Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. Since that time, millions of children have lost their lives and millions of women and families have been wounded by abortion.

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), no. 373, designates January 22 as a particular day of prayer and penance, called the “Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.” The Church directs:

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 prayer 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.
As individuals, we are called to observe this day through the penitential practices of prayer, fasting and/or almsgiving. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops provides resources to help parishes, schools, families, ministries, and individual Catholics participate in this important day of prayer and penance.

In addition, the USCCB also sponsors an annual, nationwide novena called “9 Days for Life,” which surrounds the liturgical observance of the Day of Prayer. Each day for nine days, a different intention is featured, accompanied by a short reflection, suggested actions, and related information as we pray for the respect and protection of every human life. In 2020, the novena will take place Tuesday, January 21 – Wednesday, January 29.

A sample timeline and activity, homily helps, announcements, and more are provided to help you get started. You are encouraged to adapt these resources as needed to fit your specific parish, school, or ministry.
  

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