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Hope, Healing and Forgiveness after Abortion

There is hope of healing after abortion, and that was the message of a special prayer service for healing and forgiveness held October 7 at Sacred Heart Parish in Warrensburg.

 

The ‘Afternoon of Prayerful Remembrance and Intercession’ sponsored by Project Rachel, featured testimonials (most read by volunteers) from actual persons affected by the loss of a child through abortion—a counselor, grandparents, a doctor, a priest, a friend, a father, a sibling, a mother—each followed by an intercessory prayer lead by a Knight of Columbus. Before each testimonial, a violet flower plus a flower signifying the healed and restored relationship between the person and God was placed in a vase before a Divine Mercy image.

Before marching, prayer
Prior to last Thursday’s March for Life, a group of Sisters of Life and representatives from Lumina/Hope and Healing after Abortion held an afternoon of prayerful remembrance and intercession last Wednesday in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.  Called “Healing the Hidden Wounds of Abortion,” the program focused on prayer, forgiveness and reflection on the widespread pain that abortion causes — not just to the child’s parents, but to grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles and friends. More than 49 million abortions have been performed in the United States since the passage of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, in 1973.

 

Faithful pray for forgiveness, healing for those affected by abortion at diocese’s first ‘prayerful remembrance’ service
On Saturday afternoon, women, men, families, health care providers of various ages, who directly or indirectly, have been impacted by abortion, gathered at St. Paul’s to commemorate the solemn 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Along with members of diocesan staff, they sought healing and forgiveness during the service that included personal testimonies, intercessory prayer, Eucharistic Adoration,  recitation of the rosary, the opportunity for Reconciliation and Mass.

 

Summer of Mercy 2.0 continues with prayers for healing after abortion
Summer of Mercy 2.0 – nine days of prayer to witness for life near the clinic of late-term abortionist Dr. LeRoy Carhart – continued Aug. 6 with an afternoon of prayerful remembrance and intercession at Mother Seton Church in Germantown.  Participants prayed for healing for those who have been wounded by abortion. The gathering was sponsored by Project Rachel Ministries of the Archdiocese of Washington and the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

 

Prayer Event Remembers Those Affected by Abortion
A faithful few gathered at St. Peter Cathedral on Jan. 14 for a “Morning of Prayerful Remembrance and Intercession.” Sponsored by the Diocesan Respect Life Office, the event was held to commemorate the upcoming 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade which legalized abortion in the United States.  “Since not everyone is able to attend the National March for Life in Washington, D.C., this morning of prayer gives local Catholics an opportunity to support respect life activities closer to home,” said Mitch Striedl, director of the diocesan Respect Life Office.

 

An Afternoon of Prayerful Remembrance and Intercession (APRI) is, as its name suggests, a prayer service created in the spirit of the New Evangelization, for the entire local community. Acknowledging abortion’s universal impact through reflections and testimonies offered as part of the day, the prayer service offers the opportunity for all of us to come together in an extended period of prayer, contemplation, and intercession in the context of the Church’s Sacraments, seeking forgiveness and healing for our entire nation. This day of prayer includes an opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a period of silent Eucharistic Adoration, and concludes with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

We tend to think of abortion in terms of the mother and baby and sometimes the father, but so often we fail to look at the entire picture of how abortion has impacted our nation. As a teenager who was coerced into an abortion by my parents, my road to healing was long because no one would acknowledge my experience. It was years before I found the help I needed.

In the Gospel of Life Pope John Paul II states that we need to, “Try rather to understand what happened and face it honestly.” It is never cut and dry. An abortion decision is complicated, with many dynamics involved. Through healing, I came to recognize the impact my one abortion had on countless people: my parents, my siblings, my nieces and nephews, my friends, my future children, and yes, society as a whole.

Some years ago, while before the Blessed Sacrament, I was inspired with a prayer service to show the far reaching implications of abortion and the many it impacted.  A service where all could participate in prayer and reparation whether they had been directly involved in an abortion or not. I brought the idea to the Family Life Office of New York and “An Afternoon of Prayerful Remembrance” was born.

The prayer service involves short testimonies of many key people and their roles in abortion and provides a safe place to mourn, pray and intercede as a community without anyone knowing who has been involved in an abortion.

With the  Archdiocesan Family Life Office of New York, we have been moving the prayer service to different parishes throughout the diocese each year.  In 2009, it was televised from St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, and has since spread to a number of other dioceses, including Washington, DC, Paterson, NJ, Providence, RI, Austin Texas, and Rockford, IL.

Inspired by the Holy Spirit,  people truly “enter into” the service as it touches countless souls, opening hearts to healing, as well as bringing an understanding of what goes on in the minds of those who have been involved in abortion.

Each year, on January 22nd, the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, tens of thousands of people gather in Washington, DC for the March for Life and at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception the evening before to celebrate The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in reparation for abortion; however, there are tens of thousands more people unable to make it to Washington. It is our hope and prayer that this service will continue to spread and more dioceses across the country will begin to offer this service of “prayerful remembrance.”
– T. Bonopartis

An “Afternoon of Prayerful Remembrance” was developed by Theresa Bonopartis with The Family Life Office of the NY Diocese. For more information on how to conduct or host the service contact Theresa Bonopartis