Prayers for the unborn

Clarion Herald Staff
Photos by Frank J. Methe

As students from Holy Name of Jesus School walked forward with red roses, Archbishop Gregory Aymond culminated a full week of pro-life activities Jan. 22 by blessing the new Holy Innocents Prayer Garden – for babies lost to miscarriage, abortion or other causes – at St. Patrick Cemetery No. 1, 5000 Canal St.

On Jan. 19 in Washington, D.C., Archbishop Aymond joined hundreds of high school students from the Archdiocese of New Orleans and hundreds of thousands from across the country for the annual March for Life.

“It is an opportunity for us to be a voice for life,” Archbishop Aymond said, referring both to the March for Life and the St. Patrick prayer service. “Sometimes we say that children in the womb don’t have a voice. Well, they do have a voice, but their voices cannot be heard. In that march and through what we are doing today, we become a voice for those whose voices are not heard.

We’re mindful that on this very day in 1973, Roe vs. Wade was passed, legalizing abortion. Because of that, thousands and thousands and thousands and thousands of unborn children have been aborted. … We know that they are already in God’s kingdom, but we unite our prayers with them and we ask them to pray for us and pray for this cause. We also pray for the women and men who have been involved in abortion that they will seek God’s mercy and love and that they will come to embrace the forgiveness that God offers so lovingly and generously.”

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