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In our troubled, sinful society, our innocent unborn are being slaughtered in the one place where they should feel secure - their mother's womb. We must turn to our Heavenly Father, through the intercession of our Mother, Mary, and pray for an end to abortion and for the sanctity of all human life.

Our Divine Lord, the Author of all life, tells us in the Scriptures that if we had the faith of a mustard seed, we could move mountains (Matt 17:20). He also tells us, "Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you" (Lk 11:9). Many of us have first hand knowledge of the power of prayer in our lives. Just imagine what an impact our whole parish/diocese/nation would have against abortion if we armed ourselves with that powerful weapon - the Rosary.

After Karol Cardinal Wojtyla was elected Pope as John Paul II (1978), he wanted to visit his native Poland but was denied entry by the Polish government, which was then under Communist control. A group of Polish Christians started to give one hour to God each week (and in some cases, one hour a day) praying the Rosary around the clock. On the seventh day of incessant prayer the government relented without explanation, and our Holy Father was allowed to visit his homeland. Praying the Rosary worked in Poland - it will work to change the hearts and minds of the government and the people of the United States and bring an end to abortion.

At the conclusion of the Year of the Rosary (October 2003), Pope John Paul II observed: "[T]o recite the beads of the rosary is not to retreat into oneself, but a conscious choice of faith: Contemplating the face of Christ, our peace and our reconciliation, we wish to implore from God the gift of peace, through the intercession of Mary Most Holy. We ask her for the necessary strength to be builders of peace, beginning with daily life in the family."

Are you willing to sacrifice sixty minutes a week and pray the Rosary as the people of Poland did? If you are, sign up and give one hour a week to God by joining your brothers and sisters in Christ and praying the Rosary for an end to the abortion mentality and for respect and reverence for all human life.

The recommended format is included in our Rosary For Life booklet. You are encouraged to spend this hour in church praying the Rosary before the Blessed Sacrament, if at all possible. Many churches however are not open around the clock; therefore, not all of us can pray in church. The prayers may be said at home, in the park, on the bus or train, as you commute to work or school. They can be said in the hospital or nursing home - anywhere. The overall expectation is that you take a specific hour as your very own each week (hopefully each day) and pray the traditional fifteen decades in union with the rest of the parish/diocese/nation for an end to the abortion mentality, and for respect and reverence of all human life. (Participants are encouraged to pray the new Luminous Mysteries in addition to the Joyful, Sorrowful, and Glorious Mysteries, but only the latter three are required in order to fulfill the pledge.)

Anyone, anywhere, may become a member of Rosary For Life group in a given parish. It is hoped that this devotion will develop and grow, and that each parish will form its own group of around-the-clock Rosary pray-ers, as outlined in our Rosary For Life booklet. All members and benefactors - living and deceased - are remembered in a special Mass offered each month for their intentions.

This devotion of giving "One Hour to God" consists in praying the fifteen decades of the Rosary (while meditating on the fifteen Mysteries in the life of Christ) together with the suggested prayers. In meditating on the fifteen Mysteries - the five Joyful, the five Sorrowful, and the five Glorious. In so doing, one embraces "the compendium of the entire Gospel" (Pope Paul VI, Marialis cultus 42)

O Blessed Rosary of Mary,
sweet chain which unites us to God,
bond of love which unites us to the angels,
tower of salvation against the assaults of Hell,
safe port in our universal shipwreck,
we will never abandon you.
You will be our comfort in the hour of death:
yours our final kiss as life ebbs away.
And the last word from our lips will be your sweet name,
O Queen of the Rosary...,
O dearest Mother,
O Refuge of Sinners,
O Sovereign Consoler of the Afflicted.
May you be everywhere blessed,
today and always,
on earth and in heaven.
- John Paul II, Rosarium Virginis Mariae 43 (2002)