Priests for Life to Begin Assumption Novena Tomorrow

Date: August 6, 2012

Contact: Leslie Palma

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Priests for Life invites all people of faith to join them tomorrow in beginning an Assumption Novena to pray for an end to abortion.

The novena will conclude on Aug. 15, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven.

“We will ask the Blessed Mother’s intercession as we pray for a speedy end to the ongoing holocaust of abortion,” said the Rev. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “We will ask Mary to open the heart of every woman facing an unplanned pregnancy so that she can see beyond her fears and say ‘Yes’ just as Mary said ‘Yes.’ Moreover, the Assumption is all about the victory of life over death.”

The Novena prayer is as follows:

“Lord Jesus Christ,
You have conquered the power of death
And opened for humanity
The hope of eternal life in body and soul.

You granted your Mother
A share in heavenly glory,
And did not allow decay to touch her body.

As we rejoice in the Assumption of Mary,
Grant us new confidence in the victory of life over death,
And renewed reverence for the human body.

As we honor Mary, Assumed into Heaven,
May we proclaim the hope of Your Gospel:
That you want every human life seated on your throne.
May that hope strengthen us to protect every life here on earth.

You live and reign forever and ever. Amen.”

Father Pavone said prayer is something everyone can do to help bring about an end to abortion.

“The power of prayer is essential,” Father Pavone said. “We utilize that power throughout the year by means of novenas and seasonal pro-life prayers that can be found at This is a great way for pastors to mobilize their congregations, and for families, pro-life groups, and schools to participate.”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit Priest for Life.

One Response to “Priests for Life to Begin Assumption Novena Tomorrow”

  1. “Faith without works is dead” James 2:20. If you love the Lord and you are grateful for all he has done for you in Christ, you will show it with your life. Jesus called us to follow him. That means doing as he did, loving as he loved, forgiving as he forgave, and serving as he served. So, being a Christian means doing certain things. In fact, Paul in his letter to the Ephesians says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10. Paul explains how God made some prophets, some apostles and some teachers. He also explains that people were given those gifts to build the body. God expects us to act daily in ways that will build the kingdom. At anytime you should be able to answer the question, “What are you doing for God?” How are you serving right now?

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