Skip to comments.GOOD FRIDAY PRAYERS TO END ABORTION
Posted on 03/28/2002 8:25:51 PM PST by father_elijah
On Good Friday (29 March A.D. 2002), Roman Catholics the world over are mobilizing to pray the Rosary for an end to the legalization of abortion around the world. We will be praying between 12 noon and 3 pm (in your local time zone).
Although it will not be Good Friday for the Holy Orthodox Church, I am praying that members of the Orthodox faith will pray for an end to abortion at the same time -- perhaps the Jesus Prayer beads or whatever devotion would be appropriate. (I believe there is an Akathist Hymn for the Helpless Unborn). I hope one of our Orthodox Freepers can provide more guidance.
I would also like to ask Anglicans and Episcopalians to join in this prayer either by praying the Rosary (or the Anglican Rosary), by saying the Way of the Cross, or by saying your Great Litany and offering it up as a prayer to end abortion.
I also pray other Christians will join in praying for an end to the legalization of abortion tomorrow by whatever method is customary for them -- extemporaneous prayer, Bible reading, or a form of prayer from their denomination.
Thank you for considering this appeal. God bless!
I'm also praying for the protection of Arab Christians in the Holy Land, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and Iraq.
from Sanctity of Life
When we first heard of her, she was 3 1/2 and no one would adopt her because she did not speak. She weighed only 19 pounds and wore the clothes of an 18 month old. Her birth circumstances were awesome, she was very preemie and had numerous complications, among them pnuemonia. She was fed with a tube and had to have a complete blood transfusion. All this in the equivalent of a third world society. Her birthmother went AWOL at the hospital after coming in bleeding heavily and delivering this girl. Our pediatrician says it is a miracle that this child survived what she did and especially where she did.
I want to tell you that she is now 7 and a pure delight. She speaks wonderfully, has a great vocabulary, and is doing some early reading. She is doing first grade math. Nothing will stop this child from getting to where she wants to go. She is a dedicated Christian and a favorite of her churchschool teachers. Yesterday I watched her chase one of our goats around the yard, who weighs about 200 pounds, and finally get it back into the pen.
I can never thank God enough for this lovely, delightful, funny, and loving daughter.
(Also called Stations of the Cross, Via Crucis, and Via Dolorosa). These names are used to signify either a series of pictures or tableaux representing certain scenes in the Passion of Christ, each corresponding to a particular incident, or the special form of devotion connected with such representations.
Taken in the former sense, the Stations may be of stone, wood, or metal, sculptured or carved, or they may be merely paintings or engravings. Some Stations are valuable works of art, as those, for instance, in Antwerp cathedral, which have been much copied elsewhere. They are usually ranged at intervals around the walls of a church, though sometimes they are to be found in the open air, especially on roads leading to a church or shrine. In monasteries they are often placed in the cloisters. The erection and use of the Stations did not become at all general before the end of the seventeenth century, but they are now to be found in almost every church. Formerly their number varied considerably in different places but fourteen are now prescribed by authority. They are as follows:
The object of the Stations is to help the faithful to make in spirit, as it were, a pilgrimage to the chief scenes of Christ's sufferings and death, and this has become one of the most popular of Catholic devotions. It is carried out by passing from Station to Station, with certain prayers at each and devout meditation on the various incidents in turn. It is very usual, when the devotion is performed publicly, to sing a stanza of the "Stabat Mater" while passing from one Station to the next.
JESUS IS CONDEMNED TO DEATH
Priest: We adore you O Christ and we praise you.
All: (Genuflecting) Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
Priest: Though harshly treated, he submitted and opened not his mouth: Like a lamb led to the slaughter, or a sheep before the shearers, he was silent... Oppressed and condemned, he was taken away.(Is 53:7, 8)
All: Lord, You stand before Pilate. Divine power before human. Meekness before arrogance, love before fear. Pilate's power seems impressive, bold. But the power of the world is weak, unstable. Pilate vacillates between expediency and truth: "What about your 'king'?" he pleads. "We have no king but Caesar!" the crowd responds. Politics over religion!
Pilate makes the political choice, saying in effect, "I'm opposed to this, but..." He condemns innocent blood. Lord, how often, by our indifference, our apathy, are we counted among today's Pilates, still at it, condemning innocent blood: the preborn, the weak, the starving.
Help us stand as disciples before the world with you... with them.