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

 

"With you, O Lord, is the fountain of life, and in your light, we see light." Ps 36 (35): 10 - Communion Antiphon, Mass for Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life

The new "Mass for Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life" is included in the Roman Missal, Third Edition that began around the United States and most of the English-speaking Catholic world on the First Sunday of Advent in 2011.  

This Mass was created specifically for the needs of the United States and may be used for occasions to celebrate the dignity of human life.

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) no. 373 has been altered to allow this Mass to also be said on January 22 (or January 23, when January 22 falls on a Sunday), the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. The relevant change in the GIRM reads: "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."



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