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National Prayer Events for Life


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Pictured is the entrance procession from the 2014 National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.  CNS Photo/Tyler OrsburnNational Prayer Vigil for Life
5:30 p.m. (EST), Thursday
January 23, 2020

Watch the Opening Mass of the National
Prayer Vigil for Life, broadcast live
on EWTN and CatholicTV.

Celebrant / Homilist: Most Reverend Joseph Naumann, Archbishop of Kansas City, KS and Chairman, Committee on Pro-Life Activities


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   "Our prayers matter. Every prayer matters, and if you can't
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     — Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York

National prayer vigil for life

The National Prayer Vigil for Life is an all-night pro-life prayer vigil held on the eve of the March for Life each January. Over 20,000 pilgrims from across the nation pray through the night for an end to abortion and a greater respect for all human life. It is held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

The vigil schedule includes the Opening Mass celebrated in the Great Upper Church. Prayer continues throughout the night with the National Rosary for Life, Night Prayer and Holy Hours for Life. The following morning, the prayer vigil concludes with Morning Prayer, Benediction and the Closing Mass the next morning.

The National Prayer Vigil for Life is one small part of the Church's "great prayer for life." It is sponsored by the USCCB Pro-Life Secretariat, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and The Catholic University of America Office of Campus Ministry.

A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world. Through special initiatives and in daily prayer, 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. - Pope Saint John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, no. 100

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