Pro-Life Prayer Vigil
Pro-life prayer vigils have been held on the sidewalk in front of Metropolitan Family Planning Clinic on Greenbelt Road for many years.
The clinic is in Berwyn Heights, across Greenbelt Road from Beltway Plaza Mall.
The prayer vigil starts at 7 p.m.
Six people, all members of St. Hugh Catholic Church in Greenbelt, take part in this vigil.
The leader is Tom Trunk (right).
The Catholic Rosary is prayed during tonight’s vigil. It starts with the sign of the cross and the Apostles’ Creed. The three common Catholic prayers, Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be to the Father, are then said, with Hail Mary repeated ten times. Five Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary are read aloud by those present including Annunciation, Visitation, Birth of Jesus, Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, and Finding of Jesus in the Temple. The Rosary concludes with the Hail Holy Queen prayer and the sign of cross.
Who art in heaven,
hallowed be Thy name;
Thy kingdom come;
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Because there are five mysteries, and each requires saying the Hail Mary prayer ten times, the prayer is repeated fifty times during tonight’s Rosary.
Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.
The leader introduces each mystery with a pro-life passage, for example, the first one, Annunciation, goes: “Mary is troubled by the angel’s greeting, yet rejoices to do God’s will. Let us pray that those who are troubled by their pregnancy may have the grace to trust in God’s will.” For the second one: “John the Baptist leapt for joy in his mother’s womb. We pray that people may realize that abortion is not about children who ‘might’ come into the world, but is about children who are already in the world, living and growing in the womb, and are scheduled to be killed.”
Rosary beads are used to keep track of the number of prayers.
It took about 45 minutes to finish tonight’s Rosary.
Tonight’s vigil is part of the 40 Days for Life prayer campaign which takes place twice a year, during Lent and in the weeks before the November elections. This fall’s 40 Days of Life started on September 26 and will run until November 4. Here Tom Trunk shows the group another event that will happen in Greenbelt as part of 40 Days for Life—the film “October Baby” will be shown at St. Hugh’s on October 13.
“October Baby is a 2011 American Christian dramatic film directed by Andrew and Jon Erwin and starring Rachel Hendrix in her film debut. It is the story of a young woman named Hannah, who learns that she was almost aborted as a fetus. She then embarks upon a road trip to understand the circumstances of her birth.” (Wikipedia)
Tom Trunk says that Metropolitan Clinic opened in 1983 and he has been praying here once a month since 1998 or 1999. He says that about one thousand abortions take place here every year and on average they happen eight weeks into the pregnancy. In this photo, he tells that at week 5, the fetus is about the size of a rosary bead, and at week 12, as large as the model in his left hand. With advances in imaging technology, he says that it is clear that a human life is being terminated. He believes that the right of the pre-born baby should be protected and many other ways exist to deal with unwanted pregnancy such as adoption and foster care.