The Holy Father has announced that on the eve of the First Sunday of Advent, that is, Saturday, November 27, he will hold a Vigil of Prayer for the Unborn Child. This will be a worldwide prayer initiative which he is inviting bishops to likewise hold in their own dioceses. The Pontifical Council for the Family and the Congregation for Divine Worship are sponsoring this effort, and Priests for Life will promote it around the world.
This is a very appropriate effort because in Advent we reflect on Mary’s “yes” to a pregnancy she neither planned nor anticipated. We also reflect that God Himself became an embryo and a fetus in the womb of Mary. The God who lived in the womb expects us to recognize and defend life in the womb.