22 January 2008

A day of prayer and penance...

Thirty-five years ago, to our shame, the killing of unborn children was made legal in this country. Today, January 22nd, is to be observed as a day of penance for the assault on the dignity of innocent life committed through acts of abortion, and a day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life.

Almighty God, who hast created us in thine own image: Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of thy holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.