On the day of your Resurrection,
You breathed on the apostles and said,
“Receive the Holy Spirit… whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven” (Jn. 20:22-23),
And you commissioned them
That repentance for the forgiveness of sins was to be preached in Your Name
To all the nations (cf. Lk. 24:47)
Lord, we need the Holy Spirit
To bring repentance and forgiveness
On this land that is engulfed by the killing of babies by abortion.
Lord, the darkness is deep,
Even leading to the killing of born babies who survive abortion.
Send your Holy Spirit, and awaken all of us to repentance.
Awaken the abortionists, the lawmakers, the judges,
Those in academia and the media,
and those clergy who have bought the “prochoice” lie.
Inspire deep repentance, and confidence in your forgiveness,
In the hearts of all those who have forced or pressured others into abortion,
whether they be parents, grandparents, friends, counselors or doctors.
Awaken the hearts of those who have participated in abortion in any way;
Lead them to ask forgiveness, and start them on the path of healing.
Give the consolation of Your Holy Spirit
To all moms and dads who grieve the loss of their child to abortion.
Give that consolation also to the grandparents, the aunts and uncles,
The siblings, the friends, and all those whose lives would have been blessed
By the presence of the child who was killed.
Your Spirit is our solace in the midst of woe;
Send Him today, for we all need Him.
Lord Jesus, we are sinners, and you are our Advocate with the Father,
And you, and the Father, have sent us another Advocate,
The Holy Spirit.
How blessed we are,
And how confident we should be,
Because he brings us Your Mercy, Your Healing, and Your Peace,
And he empowers us to give witness to that Mercy before others.
Send him to us, and to the whole world.
Renew the face of the earth,
And bring us all the salvation, for the sake of which you died and rose,
and now live and reign forever and ever. Amen.
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life