Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

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Prayer for the Unborn Child

Almighty God, our Father,
you who have given us life
and intended us to have it forever,
grant us your blessings.
Enlighten our minds to an awareness
and to a renewed conviction
that all human life is sacred
because it is created
in your image and likeness.
Help us to teach by word
and the example of our lives
that life occupies the first place,
that human life is precious
because it is the gift of God
whose love is infinite.
Give us the strength to defend human life
against every influence
or action that threatens or weakens it,
as well as the strength
to make every life more human
in all its aspects.

Give us the grace…

When the sacredness of life
before birth is attacked,
to stand up and proclaim
that no one ever has the authority
to destroy unborn life.

When a child is described as a burden
or is looked upon only as a means
to satisfy an emotional need,
to stand up
and insist that every child is a unique
and unrepeatable gift of God,
a gift of God
with a right to a loving
and united family.

When the institution of marriage
is abandoned to human selfishness
or reduced to a temporary conditional arrangement
that can easily be terminated,
to stand up and affirm
the indissolubility of the marriage bond.

When the value of the family is threatened
because of social and economic pressure,
to stand up and reaffirm
that the family is necessary
not only for the private good of every person,
but also for the common good of every society,
nation and state.

When freedom is used to dominate the weak,
to squander natural resources and energy,
to deny basic necessities to people,
to stand up and affirm
the demands of justice and social love.

Almighty Father,
give us courage to proclaim the supreme dignity
of all human life and to demand
that society itself give its protection.
We ask this in your name,
through the redemptive act
of your Son and in the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

(Adapted from St. Pope John Paul II’s homily of October 7, 1979)

The Miracle at the Wedding at Cana

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The Marriage at Cana, by Gaetano Gandolfi, 1766


On the threshold of his public life Jesus performs his first sign – at his mother’s request – during a wedding feast (cf. Jn 2:1-11). (CCC 1613)
From Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition

“At Cana in Galilee there is shown only one concrete aspect of human need, apparently a small one of little importance (“They have no wine”). But it has a symbolic value: this coming to the aid of human needs means, at the same time, bringing those needs within the radius of Christ’s messianic mission and salvific power. . . . Mary places herself between her Son and mankind in the reality of their wants, needs and sufferings.”

St. John Paul II

And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

John 2:1-11

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 18-25, 2020

They Showed Us Unusual Kindness
(cf. Acts 28:2)

The reflections for the eight days and the worship service will be focused on the text from the Acts of the Apostles. The themes for the eight days are:

Day 1: Reconciliation: Throwing the cargo overboard
Day 2: Enlightenment: Seeking and showing forth Christ’s light
Day 3: Hope: Paul’s message
Day 4: Trust: Do not be afraid, believe
Day 5: Strength: Breaking bread for the journey
Day 6: Hospitality: Show unusual kindness
Day 7: Conversion: Changing our hearts and minds
Day 8: Generosity: Receiving and giving

Click here for
Resources for
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
and throughout the year
2020

Including:
• Ecumenical Worship Service
• Biblical Reflections &
• Prayers for the Eight Days

Visit: www.christianunity.va

Jointly prepared and published by
The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
The Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches