Monday 15 November 2010

Some events and useful resources for the vigil for all nascent human life, 27 November

This morning Pope Benedict reminded the world that he has called for a worldwide vigil for all nascent human life on 27 November, adding that:
"I have recommended that it also be held in parishes, religious communities, associations and movements. The period in which we prepare for Christmas is an appropriate time to invoke divine protection on every human being called into existence, and to thank God for the gift of life we received from our parents".
I would urge all my visitors to contact their parish priests and their bishops to ask that the Pope's request be publicized and promoted to the greatest possible extent. Here is a list of some related events and useful resources. This list is by no means complete - do email me at if you have more information about related events and resources.

Catholic archdiocese of Westminster
27 November: Archbishop Nichols will preside at a Vigil at Westminster Cathedral that evening. Texts for the vigil, together with a reflection from the Archbishop.

Catholic diocese of Hexham and Newcastle
27 November, 4-5pm: Vigil of prayer for unborn life before the Blessed Sacrament, St Mary's Cathedral. Scripture Rosary for life and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Catholic diocese of Middlesborough
27 November: At St Mary's cathedral there will be Eucharistic adoration at 3pm, opportunity for the Sacrament of Penance and at 6.30pm vigil Mass for the first Sunday of Advent

Catholic diocese of Salford
27 November: Terence Brain, bishop of Salford, is asking all churches in Salford diocese to a period of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; and for those churches which have a Sunday vigil Mass to have a special prayer of intercession for all nascent human life.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
Several packaged options for churches wishing to hold a vigil, in either English or Spanish.

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