Since many people will be unable to attend this year’s March for Life, Friday, Jan. 29 in Washington, D.C., because of the pandemic, Bishop Alfred Schlert will host a “Holy Hour for Life” on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Allentown.
In addition to in-person attendance at the Cathedral, the Holy Hour will be livestreamed.
The event will be a time to pray together for respect for the dignity of human life from conception to natural death, for those who have been wounded by abortion, for those facing death and for increased holiness in the Church.
Bishop Schlert will preside. Music will be provided by Beverly McDevitt, music director at the Cathedral.
In addition, beginning Thursday evening, the faithful are invited to join Catholics across the country as they participate in a National Prayer Vigil organized by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The National Prayer Vigil will begin with a live broadcast at 8 p.m. Thursday, January 28, from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. with a rosary, followed by Mass opening the National Prayer Vigil for Life. The principal celebrant and homilist for the opening Mass will be Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, who is chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities for the Bishop’s Conference.
After the Mass and throughout the night, holy hours led by bishops from various dioceses around the country will be broadcast on the USCCB’s website. The vigil concludes at 8 a.m. on Friday, January 29 with Mass celebrated by Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore.
The live television broadcasts on January 28 from 8:00-11:00 PM and on January 29 from 8:00-9:00 AM will be provided by the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) and will also be available via live-stream on the Basilica’s website. Live-streaming information for the overnight bishop-led holy hours from various dioceses will be provided on the USCCB’s website.