May all unborn children be protected in law and welcomed in love.

Day 2: Unborn Children - May 24th 2022

Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

Intercession

May all unborn children be protected in law and welcomed in love.

Prayers

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection

Today, we mourn the many babies whose lives have been ended by abortion and remember in prayer those who suffer the aftermath. We pray that children in their mothers’ wombs would again be protected in law, and we offer penance in reparation for abortions that have been committed in our world.

In his encyclical Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), Pope John Paul II said, “may an impassioned plea rise to God, the Creator and lover of life, from every Christian community, from every group and association, from every family and from the heart of every believer” (EV 100). May that prayer arise in our hearts today and each day forward until every human being is protected in law and welcomed in love.

Acts of Reparation (Choose one)

  • Fast from one meal today.
  • Offer this brief Prayer for Life for all unborn children whose lives are at risk.
  • Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.

One Step Further

Familiarise yourself with the legal status of the right to life of the unborn child in your jurisdiction. Both in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland recent decisions have removed significant protections which safeguarded the unborn child’s right to life. Why not consider respectfully writing to your political representatives to express a desire for change in this area, asking that they work to bring about laws that protect and respect the unborn child so that they can be welcomed in love into our world.

Evangelium Vitae translated in English to “The Gospel of Life”. This is a papal encyclical promulgated on 25 March 1995 by Pope John Paul II. It deals with issues pertaining to the sanctity of human life.