Prayers

Prayer is the foundation of all we do in the pro-life movement.


WEEK OF JUNE 10 (Twelfth Week of Development)
Growing

Thank you, Lord, for the growth you give us throughout life, starting in the womb.
At various stages of our journey as unborn children, our growth was especially rapid.
Lord, as we learn more about the growth of the body, we ask you to also give us continued growth in mind and spirit.
May we always care for our body, for it is your sacred creation.
May we always yearn to fill our mind with good thoughts and grow in knowledge and understanding.
And my we always thirst for a greater portion of your Holy Spirit, that we may grow in holiness.
We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.



WEEK OF JUNE 3 (Eleventh Week of Development)
Unique

Lord, before each of us was conceived, you conceived us in your mind from all eternity.

And you did not repeat yourself once.

Just as the genetic code of each individual is unique, so are his or her fingerprints – which the baby in the womb is now developing.

Lord, as we learn about the biology of prenatal development, so let us learn about the uniqueness of your love for us. Your Son said that he knows his sheep and they know him. May we all find comfort that you know each of us uniquely, and love each of us infinitely.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.



WEEK OF MAY 27 (Tenth Week of Development)
The Touch of a Hand

Lord, your Word tells us that you hold us in your hand.

As we follow the development of Baby Chris, we realize this week that the baby is able to respond to touch. Our compassion for children in the womb grows even more as we see them responding to their environment, and able to feel those touching them.

Lord, may the touch we give to the child in the womb always be a gentle, protective one and never a violent, destructive one like abortion. Help all people to know more about these children, that they may be more inspired to protect them.

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.



WEEK OF MAY 20 (Ninth Week of Development)
Prayer

Lord, you accompany us at each stage of our life’s journey. We all were once an embryo, and then graduated to the phase of being a fetus.

We were all once a newborn. We eventually became a toddler, an adolescent, an adult.

Some of us will even become octogenarians or even beyond!

But no matter what stage of growth we are in, or what we are called, certain truths do not change: we are human, we reflect your image and likeness, you hold us in the palm of your hand, we belong to you, and you entrust us to the care of one another in the human community.

As we follow the development of children in the womb from being an “embryo” to becoming a “fetus,” help us both to grow in the knowledge of human development and in the awe-filled appreciation of what it means to have you as our Creator and Lord.

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.



WEEK OF MAY 13 (Eighth Week of Development)
Joining My Hands in Prayer

Lord, I thank you for the wonder of life as it develops in the womb.

This is the week that Baby Chris and all unborn babies at this stage, for the first time in life, will be able to bring their hands together.

How many times, Lord God, will these youngest brothers and sisters of ours join those hands together in prayer to you, our Creator?

As we follow the development of the child in the womb, give us greater and greater reverence each day for the miracle of life, and greater and greater determination to protect it from the violence of abortion.

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.



WEEK OF MAY 6 (Seventh Week of Development)
More Signs of Life

Lord God, you are life itself and the origin of every living creature. In every sign of life, your glory is made manifest and your love is revealed.

We continue to marvel as we follow the development of babies in the womb, and as we think about the signs of life you give us: the beating of the heart, the brainwaves of various types, the movement of the body.

Lord, may we never fail to see you in every human life, no matter how tiny and fragile. And in seeing you, may we grow in reverence for the dignity of every person, born and unborn. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.



WEEK OF April 29 (Sixth Week of Development)
Life and Movement

Lord, your Word tells us that in You we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28).

As we follow the development of the child in the womb, we see this week the beginning of movement, even though Mom does not feel it.

Lord, we pray for every child in the womb. May all their movements throughout life, and ours as well, always move us closer to You, and to Your Kingdom of truth and life, of holiness and grace, of justice, love and peace.

Guide and protect our every move, and make all of us safe, whether born or unborn.

We pray though Christ our Lord. Amen.



WEEK OF April 22 (Fifth Week of Development)
God's Masterpiece

Lord, we marvel as we read about the development of this little child. The heart, the limbs, the brain are all developing according to the plan you put in place at fertilization, and we can hardly keep track of the speed of all that is happening.

O God, free us from the error of thinking that size determines value. Instead, help us to discover the wonder of small things, and of small people.

Protect all children as they grow in the womb, and open our minds to what science teaches us about how we all developed in our earliest weeks.

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen. Amen.



WEEK OF April 15 (Fourth Week of Development)
The Beat of a Heart

Lord, you are love itself, and you manifest your love to us by creating us, sustaining us, and saving us.

Your care reaches into every aspect of our lives, far beyond our awareness.

And like a constant heartbeat, your love is keeping us in existence at every moment.

To show your love, Lord God, you took on our humanity in your Son, Jesus Christ, who became an unborn child.

Lord, I pray for every child in the womb.

With each beat of the unborn child’s heart, inspire our own hearts to likewise beat with love for them.

And as your own Son’s heart was pierced by a lance on the cross,

So let our hearts be pierced with anguish over the ongoing slaughter of our unborn brothers and sisters by abortion.

By the power of your Son’s Resurrection, bring about the victory of life, and enable us to do our part

In proclaiming, celebrating, and serving that victory.

We pray through the same Christ our Lord. In proclaiming, celebrating, and serving that victory.

Amen.



WEEK OF April 8 (Third Week of Development)
Value Does Not Depend on Size

Lord, you fill the universe in all its parts. You are infinite, and beyond all that the mind can imagine.

Yet you became an unborn child.

Lord Jesus, we ask You to bless and protect the children who today are in their mothers’ womb. Save them from the danger of abortion.

As we trace the development of Baby Chris in these first weeks of life, we marvel at how much intricate design and information and dynamism are found in such a tiny human being.

And we recall, Lord God, that the value of a person does not in any way depend on his or her size.

As we continue to learn the wonders of growth in the womb, remind us to respect even the smallest of lives, who are all the more in need of our loving care, just as they have yours.

We pray through Christ our Lord.

Amen.



WEEK OF April 1
The Wonder of Human Life

Lord, we praise you for the wonder of human life. As Scripture says, “You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother's womb. I praise you, so wonderfully you made me; wonderful are your works! My very self you knew; my bones were not hidden from you, When I was being made in secret, fashioned as in the depths of the earth” (Psalm 139:13-15).

Lord, as we learn about the development that each of us underwent in our first days of life, remind us that value does not depend on size, and that from the moment of fertilization, each of us has existed as a person of inexpressible value in your sight.

Bless all those at the beginning of their earthly journey. Give them your protection, and give us the grace to recognize them as our brothers and sisters. We pray in Jesus' Name.
Amen.



WEEK OF MARCH 25: FERTILIZATION
Redeemer in the Womb

Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you that when Mary, your Mother, said "Yes" at the Annunciation, You took our human nature upon Yourself. You shared our life and death, our childhood and adulthood.

You also shared our time in the womb. While still God, while worshiped and adored by the angels, while Almighty and filling every part of the universe, You dwelt for nine months in the womb of Mary. You were our Redeemer in the womb, our God who was a preborn child.

Lord Jesus, we ask You to bless and protect the children who today are in their mothers’ womb. Save them from the danger of abortion.

Give their mothers the strength, like Mary, to say “Yes” to you. Give them grace to sacrifice themselves, in body and soul, for their children.

Help all people to recognize in the preborn child a brother, a sister, saved by You, our Redeemer in the womb, who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.