This year, the National Night of Prayer for Life will be held locally at St. Rose of Lima Church, 11 Center Street, Forestville on Dec. 8. It begins with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 9 p.m. and includes prayers and the rosary each of the four hours.
The Rev. Dan Fiebelkorn invites all to attend; perhaps for an hour, all four hours or as long or short a time as a person desires. The Knights of Columbus will stand with honor for the first two hours of prayer. Benediction will take place at 1 a.m. on Dec. 9.
The National Night of Prayer for Life has been celebrated in hundreds of parishes across the nation. It began 20 years ago on Long Island in the Diocese of Rockville Centre as a grass-roots endeavor spearheaded by founder Anne Murphy to expand the "Adoration for Life" devotion taking place in several local parishes at the time. In 1989, Murphy and a core group of pro-life Catholics developed a four-hour adoration service dedicated to the Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The activity has since reached from the east to the west coast covering most of the continental United States and all four time zones. Hawaii, Alaska, and various foreign nations also participate. Over 700 parishes and organizations have formally reported they will pray that our nation renew its commitment to live the Gospel of Life.
The significance of this apostolate and the reason the four-hour period begun on the eve of the Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8) is the belief that on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas and the Unborn, first appeared to Saint Juan Diego in 1531.
The national night of prayer for life bridges these two feasts to honor the Blessed Mother and invokes her intercession to create profound love for all human life, especially the unborn.
The United States was consecrated to Our Lady under the title of the Immaculate Conception by the American Bishops in the 19th century. Under this title she is the patroness of our nation.
One special feature of the night of prayer is the hour of unity at midnight (Eastern Standard Time). At that hour all four American time zones will be united in prayer.
Through prayer, it is hoped that a new era of life, light, hope and peace will come. All are encouraged to invite others to participate.
For more information call Pat at 934-2961.