Laudetur Iesus Christus and blessed feast of St. Agnes! Just a reminder, tomorrow Saturday January 22 at 8:00am St. Ann will offer a Low Mass for the end of abortion.
Afterwards there will be a prayer vigil at Planned Parenthood. For those unable to go to Planned Parenthood, a Holy Hour of Reparation will be led by a deacon in the church.
Saturday is also the 49th anniversary of the tragic Roe vs. Wade decision which legalized abortion across the U.S. As such, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have declared Saturday a day of prayer and penance due to its connection to abortion. In Charlotte, there is much to pray and do penance for as in 2020, (during COVID), there were over 11,000 abortions in Mecklenburg County.
January 22 – Feast of St. Vincent the Martyr
On a hopeful note, Saturday January 22 is also the feast of the martyrs Ss. Vincent and Anastasius. Interestingly, the great liturgist Dom Prosper Gueranger, OSB, notes that the name Vincent means victorious..
January 22: VINCENT, the Victorious, vested in the sacred dalmatic, and holding his palm in his hand, comes, today, to the Crib, and right welcome is he to Stephen, the Crowned, his leader and his brother. Spain is his country. He is a deacon of the glorious Church of Saragossa, and, by the strength and warmth of his faith, he is a type of that land, which is preeminently the Catholic Kingdom. But he does not belong to Spain only: like Stephen, and like Laurence, Vincent is the favourite and hero of the whole Church.
God willing, may the prayers, penances, and petitions be efficacious in obtaining that victorious moment when abortion is outlawed in the United States. St. Vincent the martyr, pray for us!