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Before marching, prayer
Prior to last Thursday’s March for Life, a group of Sisters of Life and representatives from Lumina/Hope and Healing after Abortion held an afternoon of prayerful remembrance and intercession last Wednesday in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.  Called “Healing the Hidden Wounds of Abortion,” the program focused on prayer, forgiveness and reflection on the widespread pain that abortion causes — not just to the child’s parents, but to grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles and friends. More than 49 million abortions have been performed in the United States since the passage of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, in 1973.

Faithful pray for forgiveness, healing for those affected by abortion at diocese’s first ‘prayerful remembrance’ service
On Saturday afternoon, women, men, families, health care providers of various ages, who directly or indirectly, have been impacted by abortion, gathered at St. Paul’s to commemorate the solemn 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Along with members of diocesan staff, they sought healing and forgiveness during the service that included personal testimonies, intercessory prayer, Eucharistic Adoration,  recitation of the rosary, the opportunity for Reconciliation and Mass.

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Summer of Mercy 2.0 continues with prayers for healing after abortion
Summer of Mercy 2.0 – nine days of prayer to witness for life near the clinic of late-term abortionist Dr. LeRoy Carhart – continued Aug. 6 with an afternoon of prayerful remembrance and intercession at Mother Seton Church in Germantown.  Participants prayed for healing for those who have been wounded by abortion. The gathering was sponsored by Project Rachel Ministries of the Archdiocese of Washington and the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Prayer Event Remembers Those Affected by Abortion
A faithful few gathered at St. Peter Cathedral on Jan. 14 for a “Morning of Prayerful Remembrance and Intercession.” Sponsored by the Diocesan Respect Life Office, the event was held to commemorate the upcoming 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade which legalized abortion in the United States.  “Since not everyone is able to attend the National March for Life in Washington, D.C., this morning of prayer gives local Catholics an opportunity to support respect life activities closer to home,” said Mitch Striedl, director of the diocesan Respect Life Office.

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