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January 22 Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children: Leader Resources

 

NOTE: Because January 22 falls on a Sunday in 2017, the designated observance for 2017 is Monday, January 23.

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), no. 373, designates January 22 as a particular day of prayer and penance, called the "Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children":

373. Masses for Various Needs and Occasions are used in certain situations either as occasion arises or at fixed times.

Days or periods of prayer for the fruits of the earth, prayer for human rights and equality, prayer for world justice and peace, and penitential observances outside Lent are to be observed in the Dioceses of the United States of America at times to be designated by the Diocesan Bishop.

In all the Dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23, when January 22 falls on a Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion. The liturgical celebrations for this day may be the "Mass For Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life” (no. 48/1 of the Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions), celebrated with white vestments, or the Mass “For the Preservation of Peace and Justice” (no. 30 of the Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions), celebrated with violet vestments.”

Choices of Readings for Mass

On January 22, the celebrant may use the readings of the day, any readings from the "Mass for Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life," (Lectionary for Mass Supplement, nos. 947A-947E), or any readings from the “Mass for Peace and Justice,” (Lectionary for Mass, vol. IV, nos. 887-891).

Mass for Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life

The readings listed in nos. 947A-947E are as follows (until the publication of the Lectionary for Mass Supplement in early 2017, citations from the existing four-volume Lectionary for Mass are also provided):

947A - Old Testament

  • First option: Genesis 1:1—2:2 (no. 41)
  • Second option: 2 Maccabees 7:1, 20-31 (vol. II, no. 499)
  • Third option: Isaiah 49:1-6 (no. 587)

947B - New Testament

  • First option: Romans 11:33-36 (no. 121)
  • Second option: Ephesians 1:3-14 (no. 104)
  • Third option: Ephesians 3:14-21 (vol. III, no. 476)
  • Fourth option: Colossians 1:12-20 (no. 162)
  • Fifth option: 1 John 3:11-21 (no. 208)

947C - Responsorial Psalm

  • First option: Psalm 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 (no. 166)
  • Second option: Psalm 139:1b-3, 13-14ab, 14c-15 (no. 587)

947D - Gospel Acclamation

  • First option: Psalm 119:88 (no. 509)
  • Second option: See John 6:63c, 68c (no. 105)
  • Third option: See John 17:17b, 17a (no. 86)

947E - Gospel

  • First option: Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14 (no. 414)
  • Second option: Mark 9:30-37 (no. 134)
  • Third option: Luke 1:39-56 (no. 622)
  • Fourth option: Luke 17:11-19 (no. 144)
  • Fifth option: Luke 23:35-43 (no. 162)
  • Sixth option: John 1:1-5, 9-14, 16-18 (no. 755)
  • Seventh option: John 6:24-35 (no. 113)

Mass for Peace and Justice

The readings listed in nos. 887-891 are as follows:

887 - Old Testament

  • First option: Isaiah 9:1-6
  • Second option: Isaiah 32:15-18
  • Third option: Isaiah 57:15-19

888 - New Testament

  • First option: Philippians 4:6-9
  • Second option: Colossians 3:12-15
  • Third option: James 3:13-18

889 - Responsorial Psalm

  • First option: Ps 72:2, 3-4ab, 7-8, 11-12, 13-14
  • Second option: Ps 85:9 and 10, 11-12, 13-14
  • Third option: Ps 122:1-2, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9

890 - Gospel Acclamation

  • First option: Matthew 5:9
  • Second option: John 14:27

891 - Gospel

  • First option: Matthew 5:1-12a
  • Second option: Matthew 5:38-48
  • Third option: John 14:23-29
  • Fourth option: John 20:19-23

Homiletics

Although originally written for earlier occasions, these homily notes can be adapted for other uses, such as the current Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.


Intercessions for Life


Additional Resources


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