usccb-9-days-round-logo-gry-crcle-orgNext Friday, January 22, will mark 43 years since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion in our country at all stages of pregnancy. Since then, an estimated 58.5 million babies have been killed by abortion. Join us in nine days of prayer in a very particular way for an end to abortion starting on January 16 and ending on January 24. Prayers, reflections, and action suggestions are sent to you daily.

What’s With Nine Days?

The number “nine” recalls the nine days of prayer of the Apostles who gathered in the upper room in Jerusalem after Christ’s Ascension and before the coming of the Holy Spirit. This first “novena” was commanded by Christ who told them not to depart from Jerusalem but to wait for the Promise of the Father. (Acts 1:4)

By the seventh century, the Church kept a nine-day period of special prayer to prepare for Christmas. These nine days were symbolic of the nine months during which Mary carried Jesus in her womb.

We pray for nine days with a particular intention in mind because we hopefully anticipate an answer to our petition. The steadfastness to one particular prayer intention awakens in us an even greater desire for that intention and is a witness of our faith in God’s power.

Why Should I Join?

We know that prayer has much power to overcome great evils. Jesus Christ told his disciples that “where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20) We can spiritually join together by uniting our prayers together during these nine days. Uniting together in prayer is really a mark of the universality of our faith.

Joining also helps you to remember to pray every day for an end to abortion! It can be easy to forget when you are busy with school, work, and daily activities. Having a reminder pop up in your email or on your phone is a great way to reinforce the commitment you have made – and it will hopefully start a new habit of prayer!

How To Join

Participating is easy. You can either download the app, join by text message, sign up for daily emails, or access the prayers and reflections online.

Make the time to join in this simple prayer and be amazed at what God can do through you!