Pro-Life Mass Packed to the Rafters with over 8000+, 400+ Priests, 34 Bishops, 6 Cardinals
(Hat tip: Custos Fidei)
WASHINGTON, DC, January 22, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Working your way from the front to the back of the packed Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception was a near impossibility Monday night, and even if you could make the journey it required an extensive amount of time and effort. The frigid temperatures outside were no match for the heat generated by the overflow crowd which caused many to fan themselves with brochures during the Prayer Vigil for Life Opening Mass.(emphasis added)
Yet despite the throng there was a sense of the sacred and the awesomeness of life at the Mass offered on the eve of the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. As the incense wafted up and the opening hymns were sung, a procession of hundreds of seminarians, over 60 deacons, over 400 priests, 34 bishops and archbishops, and 6 cardinals made their way to the marble sanctuary.
I was very pleased to see the following in the Diocese of Toledo's Catholic Chronicle:
BISHOP BLAIR’S SCHEDULE
Jan. 21 Concelebrates opening Mass for the National Prayer Vigil for Life, Washington, D.C., Basilica and National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 7 p.m.
Jan. 22 Concelebrates Rally for Life and Youth Mass and participates in March for Life, Washington, D.C.