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Nine Months with Christ
in the Womb
About the Campaign
From March 25th to December 25th 2020, we are encouraging all parishes to join us in participation of this Respect Life Prayer Campaign. Promoting a consistent ethic of life, this campaign offers a monthly reflection on a different biblical story during the earliest moments of Christ’s time on earth. Each reflection will discuss the importance of a different social issue such as immigration, death penalty, care for the elderly, concern for the disabled, etc. Additionally, short weekly reflections will be available for parishes to prayerfully chart Christ’s fetal development in their bulletins. We are also asking everyone to pray daily our special prayer to Christ in the womb.
The Nine Months with Christ App
Now you can have all of the materials for the Nine Months with Christ in the Womb Campaign at the tip of your fingers. We have developed an App that walks you through the prayers week-by-week and month-by-month with reminders. Click the APP ICON to the left to download an Android Version from the Google Play Store. We will be debuting on the Apple Store soon as well!
Note: Anyone is free to utilize the resources we make available here. However, as is the case with all of our resources, you must receive the expressed permission of the pastor or his appropriate representatives before bringing them into a parish or parish school. Likewise, you must receive the permission of the principal as well before bringing it into a Catholic School.
About the Reflections
There are two kinds of prayerful reflections involved in the Nine Months for Christ in the Womb that encourage involvement on various levels. Below are printable resources for use as handouts, bulletin inserts, bulletin announcements, or pulpit announcements. Feel free to print as many as you may need. The reflections added to the campaign are not intended as literal statements of science or history, but rather as a devotional tool which may be utilized to deepen one’s own prayerful commitment to Christ and his teachings on the dignity of the human person as expressed through his Church.
1. WEEKLY REFLECTIONS– These are one to three sentences in length so as to fit easily as a bulletin or pulpit announcement. They invite us to chart and prayerfully visualize the development of the Divine Body of Jesus within his mother’s cherished womb. Within this exercise, we will all be drawn to a deeper and more prayerful commitment to the welfare of every child in the womb. You may drop these in your bulletin or Announce from the Pulpit on the appropriate weeks. CLICK HERE for the Word Document Download.
2. MONTHLY REFLECTIONS– These are each one page in length and invite us to explore the perspective of a different person or group who was somehow involved in the advent stories of the Birth of Jesus. Inspired by these various points of view, we are invited to spend each month praying in solidarity with a different group of people’s whose dignity is under fire.
First Monthly Reflection (April)
Third Monthly Reflection (June)
Fourth Monthly Reflection (July)
Fifth Monthly Reflection (August)
Prayer to Christ in the Womb
To order your own prayer cards to Jesus of the Womb, for yourself or for your parish, please CLICK HERE.
Just as we can pray to Christ at any stage of his earthly life, we can also pray to Jesus while still growing and developing within the womb of his mother.
Events of the Campaign
Here are a list of upcoming 2020 events that we will be promoting.
40 Days for Life: Spring Campaign (February 26 – April 5)
Mission: 40 Days for Life is an internationally coordinated 40-day campaign that aims to end abortion locally through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and a peaceful, all-day vigil in front of abortion providers. In the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, there are two active 40 Days for Life Campaigns in DAYTON and CINCINNATI. To learn more about 40 Days for Life CLICK HERE to be taken to our Being Pro-Life “40 Days” Page.
Cross the Bridge for Life: Sunday, June 7, 2020
Sunday, June 7, 2020 starting at 1:00 p.m. thousands of people from the tri-state area will join together for the annual Cross the Bridge for Life. Participants of all ages demonstrate support for protection for all human life from conception to natural death with a peaceful walk across the “Purple People Bridge” spanning the Ohio River.
Respect Life Sunday: Sunday, October 4, 2020
Each October the Church in the United States celebrates Respect Life Month, and the first Sunday of October is observed as Respect Life Sunday. As Catholics, we are called to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end, and at every point in between. During the month of October, the Church asks us to reflect more deeply on the dignity of every human life.