Celebrant: With joy and hope, we present our petitions to our generous and loving Father:
For the Church of God, that she will joyfully proclaim and live the faith of Christ in the world, we pray to the Lord…
For all Church ministers, that they may serve the people faithfully and with conviction for the truth, we pray to the Lord…
For all God's people, may they use their many talents to proclaim the sanctity of life in the arenas of business, media, the arts, and politics, we pray to the Lord...
For mothers and fathers who await the birth of their child, that God might fill their hearts with an ever-deepening love each day, we pray to the Lord…
For the dead and all those who mourn, may they be comforted by the promise of new life in Christ, we pray to the Lord…
God of mercy and compassion,
hear our prayers and always assure us
of your presence in our time of need.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
In 1973, the Supreme Court’s Doe vs. Bolton decision was the companion case to Roe vs. Wade, making abortion legal throughout pregnancy. Sandra Cano, the "Mary Doe" plaintiff of Doe vs. Bolton, technically won the case and the right to have an abortion – except that she never wanted one. Sandra was always a pro-life Christian until her death in 2014. On March 23, 1997, she declared these memorable words: "I am Sandra Cano. I became know as Mary Doe when the U.S. Supreme Court released Doe v. Bolton, which allowed abortion for virtually any reason. I am against abortion; I never sought an abortion; I have never had an abortion. Abortion is murder. For over twenty years, and against my will, my name has been synonymous with abortion. The Doe v. Bolton case is based on deceit and fraud. I stand today in this place of healing, the National Memorial for the Unborn, and pledge to the memory of these innocent children, that as long as I have breath, I will strive to see abortion ended in America."
Prv 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31
1 Thes 5:1-6
Mt 25:14-30 or 25:14-15, 19-21
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We all have talents, the use of which will be judged at the end of time. In preaching about the use of our talents in a fruitful way, we can preach about the wide variety of talents that are applied to the effort to defend and promote the sacredness of human life. A wide variety of activities comprise the pro-life movement. People provide alternatives to abortion, legal advice, counseling, medical services, adoption services, employment searches, housing, education and the many other services of Pregnancy Resource Centers accessed through hotline numbers and websites. There is also the wide range of healing ministries for those who have had abortions. Moreover, the pro-life effort is advanced through research, medical expertise, litigation, lobbying, media work, writing, speaking, grassroots activism, and much more. In short, there is room for everyone in the movement. The greatest fruit of our talents would be to be able to present to the Lord the lives saved through our efforts.