Tragically, the battle to bring an end to the evil of abortion is not getting any easier. Prayer is an effective way to stop the slaughter that has taken thousands of innocent lives since the infamous U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 that made abortion legal.
To that end, the Archdiocese of Newark through its Respect Life Office, will once again participate in the annual National Night of Prayer for Life. Established 19 years ago, the local Church has taken part for the past decade.
Scheduled to run from 9 p.m. on Dec. 8 to 1 a.m., Dec. 9, the time frame is intentional. It was on the Feast of Immaculate Conception, then celebrated on Dec. 9, when Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas and the unborn, first appeared to Saint Juan Diego. The National Night of Prayer for Life bridges these two feasts in a powerful petition to Our Blessed Mother through prayers for the sanctity of all human life.
The essence of the effort is to lift up our hearts in prayer across the country. The hours were selected to coordinate with the nation’s four different time zones so that an hour of unity, locally from midnight to 1 a.m., can take place. The pro-life service will also include exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 20 decades of the rosary, prayers to Saint Michael, mediation and hymns. It will be a power experience of spiritual togetherness.
Parishes have already been notified. It can only be hoped as many as possible become involved with the National Night of Prayer for Life. The killing has to stop.