Lenten Prayer for Life from Bishop Conley of Denver
Almighty Father and Lord of
You have entrusted to men the noble mission of safeguarding and protecting
with the utmost care from the moment of conception to natural death (Gaudium
et Spes, No. 51).
During this holy season of Lent, a time of both penance and great hope,
stir in our hearts a greater love for you and for each other.
During these 40 days of spiritual renewal,
lead us to a deeper conversion so that by living in your light and love we
may bear witness to the gift of life.
Lord Jesus, the firstborn of all creation, have mercy on us.
Accept our prayers and our fasting in atonement for the tragic sin of
By the merits of your precious blood,
shed for our redemption, instill in all hearts a profound respect for the
gift of life
and bring about an end to abortion, euthanasia and every other assault on
innocent human life.
Reawaken in the heart of every pregnant mother a profound love for the life
growing in her womb
and grant to her unfailing courage to choose life for her child.
Come Holy Spirit, strengthen us and give us fortitude to work tirelessly to
promote a true Culture of Life,
a culture that recognizes the dignity and sanctity of every person.
Raise up men and women to serve in public office who will enact laws which
will safeguard and protect all human life.
Blessed Mary, Mother of God, you bore the Author of Life in your womb.
Through your intercession may our hearts be conformed to yours
so that we might accept, nurture and cherish all human life.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. Amen.
Written by Bishop James D. Conley
Auxiliary Bishop of Denver