For the third year in a row, Kansas City, Kansas Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann and Kansas City – St. Joseph Bishop Robert W. Finn joined hundreds in praying the Rosary outside the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Overland Park, Kansas. About 400 people prayed all 20 Mysteries of the Rosary led by the two bishops on May 8.
The Mother’s Day weekend Rosary began in 2008 and is sponsored by Lifefront. One goals of the organization is to recruit enough people to make a prayerful witness during each hour the Planned Parenthood facility is open for abortions. The annual Rosary is an important tool in that recruiting effort. This year saw more than 100 additional participants over last.
New to this year’s event, a specific prayer for the closing of the clinic was recited after the Rosary. Lifefront organizers distributed the prayer on cards and encourage its recitation at home:
PRAYER FOR CLOSING
PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF OVERLAND PARK, KS
Father, all life is in Your care.
You have entrusted us to one another,
that we may show our brothers and sisters
The same love You have for us.
We pray, then, for the least among us,
The children in the womb.
Protect them from the violence of abortion.
We pray for those that are scheduled to die
at Planned Parenthood in Overland Park, Kansas.
Save them from death.
Give new hope to their parents,
That they may turn away
From the desperate act of abortion.
Grant conversion to the abortionist
And to the staff.
Show us how we are to respond
To the bloodshed in our midst,
And lead us to the day when this place of death
Will be transformed into a haven of life.
Guard us with your joy and your peace.
For in you, life is victorious.
We pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Printed with permission from the Catholic Key, newspaper for the Diocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph.