40 Days/Hours for Life.
Forty Hours for Life, Lent, 2015
Forty Hours for Life Hospital Prayer Vigils (Feb. 18 to March 29) took place in 2 Saskatchewan cities this year. Regina Pro-Life held Vigil at Regina General Hospital and Campaign Life Coalition (CLC) lead the Vigil in front of City Hospital in Saskatoon. Both cities completed 40 days in spite of some very cold, snowy, windy days.
There were up to 11 people in attendance daily at Regina General Hospital. Rachel’s Vineyard pamphlets and others were distributed and appreciated. Terri Bergen, the co-ordinator says that even though they don’t know who may have been affected by their effort, they are determined to do it again next year. With 10,000 babies having been saved internationally through 40 Days for Life campaigns (as well as their parents and grandparents), we know that all of our efforts are bearing some fruit.
CLC’s Vigil in Saskatoon was expanded with Vigils taking place in the morning as well as the afternoon. In the afternoon (4:30 to 5:30) there were usually 20 to 25 people in attendance, many of them praying together non-stop, as a group, for most of the hour. Everyone joined this group at about 5:20 to finish with a meditation and prayer. The Vigil this year was attended by several youth groups. Some students from Holy Cross chose to attend as their Christian Ethics community service project. Also regularly attending were young people from CCO and Pure Witness. On weekdays, in the mornings (at the time when abortions are actually taking place) there would be at least one person available for sidewalk counselling. They used signs such as “WOMEN DO REGRET ABORTION” or “WOMEN NEED SUPPORT NOT ABORTION”.
As usually happens, participants at these Vigils experienced both positive and negative encounters with the public. There were some honest questions asked concerning abortion. There were angry, rude words and behaviour such as the fellow who “joined” a group prayer session blowing pot smoke in participants’ faces.
Thank you to our brothers and sisters who attended these Prayer Vigils, praying for the unborn little ones, through some very trying weather. Those who could not attend these Vigils but gave support from home and in your parishes, please know that your prayers and fasting were very much appreciated.
(Photo Courtesy Terri Bergen)