Lord, you give to all humanity the breath of life.
Even in the womb, we practiced breathing,
While we received our oxygen directly from our mother.
At every stage, you, O Lord, are the one
Who breathes life into us,
Wills us to exist,
And keeps us from falling back into nothingness.
Lord, unite us to your will,
So that just as you give life to every unborn child,
So we will defend those lives,
And be in our world the voice they do not yet have.
We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.