“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee…”; these striking words echoed amidst two long rows of solemnly stanced Catholics on the evening of Friday, January 22, the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. A total of just over 1,400 people, covering all ages, prayed 15 decades of the most holy Rosary for the end of abortion and in public reparation for the 58 million abortions that have been committed since Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion up to the third trimester all across the nation.
This event was organized by Acies, the Catholic action youth group of St. Mary’s Academy and College; its members provided Pro-Life posters and signs, directed attendees to their proper positions along the highway, and led the recitation of the Rosary over megaphones and speakers. Attendees spread themselves single file on the sidewalks along either side of Bertrand St, Hwy 24, starting at Bertrand and Grand Ave., and stretching as far west as 3rd St. The recitation of the Rosary began at approximately 5:15 pm under a cloudy, mournful-looking sky. The air was indeed cold, but this factor did not weaken the resolve of these Catholics to venture out, wielding their silent, beaded weapons, their rosaries, as voices for the voiceless and warriors for truth.
Upon being asked what made her choose to come to this public event, Abigael Quain, a member of Acies, said, “I think that when one has the opportunity to stand up for what is right one should take advantage of it. The sin of abortion is tearing our country apart, and as faithful Americans we have the duty to do everything we can to stop the moral destruction of our country. Making a public act of reparation for this crime and peacefully alerting others to the evil of abortion with fellow Catholics- how could one choose otherwise?”
It seems that many, if not all, at this event shared the same sentiments, for, although the weather was a very chilly 30 degrees Fahrenheit and snow still lay in heaps along the road and sidewalks from the previous day, attendees knelt or stood until the Rosary ended at 6:15 pm. One of the priests of the St. Mary’s parish, Fr. Alexander Wiseman, imparted a blessing on all of the faithful, and thus was the conclusion of this quiet, but nevertheless powerful, event. Another Acies member, Daniel Gillman, was asked what message he thought this event sends, or should send, to others, and he responded with the
simple and concise reply, “This event should-- and, I hope, really does-- tell the state and surrounding community that here… are people who continue to stand for the rights of the unborn and thus, ultimately, for the rights of God.”
This is an annual event organized every year on the same day, January 23rd. Acies and all Catholics will continue to pray, sacrifice and take a stance for truth and life every year, and we invite you to do the same.
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