Day of Prayer and Penance for Life – Rosary for Life

The Diocese of Covington will once again observe a Diocesan Day of Prayer and Penance for Life, Jan. 21. Bishop John Iffert has directed that each parish in the diocese be open for adoration and payer for at least one hour at some time during the day (see schedule). Also, 10 parishes have been designated as host parishes for a Holy Hour for Life, 7–8 p.m., for all members of the diocese to gather in praying for an end to abortion in the United States.

Additionally, during the morning of Jan. 21, all of the Catholic schools in the diocese will observe this day with a prayer service developed by the Office of Worship. The prayer service begins at 9 a.m., which is the same time that Bishop Iffert will begin Mass in Washington, D.C. for diocesan pil- grims participating in the March for Life.

Part of the school prayer service includes pray- ing the rosary using the Joyful Mysteries for reflec- tion. The Joyful Mysteries are especially instruc- tive on this day dedicated to praying for the protec- tion and defense of life, for they focus on Jesus’ conception, life in the womb, birth and early child- hood.

Featured here are the Joyful Mysteries along with the reflection as it will be prayed in schools on the Day of Prayer and Penance for Life.

First Joyful Mystery: The Annunciation of Our Lord (Scriptural reading: Luke 1:26-33, 38)

As an angel proclaimed the conception of Christ in Mary’s virginal womb, so do mothers and fathers learn to cherish the gift of their child. Let us pray to the Mother of all the Living that every child be treasured and protected from the first moment of conception as a great and wondrous gift of God.

Second Joyful Mystery: The Visitation (Scriptural reading: Luke 1:39-45)

As the child in Elizabeth’s womb leaped for joy when the Blessed Virgin, pregnant with the Son of God, came to meet her, so may our hearts leap with joy at the wonders of new life promised in every expectant mother.

Third Joyful Mystery: The Nativity of the Lord Jesus (Scriptural reading: Luke 2:6-12)

In the birth of every child, we see the birth of Christ Jesus in the Bethlehem stable. Let us commend all new mothers and fathers and every newborn child to the protection and intercession of Mary, the Mother of God and Mother of all Christians.

Fourth Joyful Mystery: The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple (Scriptural reading: Luke 2:25-32)
As Christ was consecrated to God at his presentation in the temple, so may we consecrate all children to that holiness, purity, and innocence by which they lead us to God. “A little child shall lead them.”

Fifth Joyful Mystery: The Finding of Jesus in the Temple (Scriptural reading: Luke 2:41-50)

As the Christ Child was found in the temple by the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, so we pray for all children, especially those lost and forgotten. May the Gospel of Life impel us to find them when they are most in need and to lead them home to a place where they are treasured, protected, and loved.