USCCB calls for Jan. 22 Day of Prayer for the Unborn

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The more than 56 million abortions since the 1973 decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton reflect with heartbreaking magnitude what Pope Francis means by a “throwaway culture.” However, we (the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) have great trust in God’s providence. 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.

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal, 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”: “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 giving alms. Another way to take part is through participating in special events to observe the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Call your local diocese or parish to find out what events might be taking place in your area.


Jan. 22, 2018

Let us observe this day as a day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life. 

Everyone is invited to prayer and Eucharistic Adoration in St. Jude’s Chapel at Christ the King Parish in Mashpee, on Monday, January 22 immediately following the 8:30 a.m. Mass.

The Divine Mercy Chaplet will open the hours of Adoration. Benediction will be at noon.

There is no action more powerful than prayer. Please join us!

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