Jan. 23 Monday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time; Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children (USA); Optional Memorial of St. Vincent of Saragossa, Deacon & Martyr (USA); Optional Memorial of St. Marianne Cope, Virgin (USA), Opt. Mem.

Propers for the Preservation of Peace and Justice, Entrance Antiphon, Cf. Sir 36:18, 19:Give peace, O Lord, to those who wait for you; hear the prayers of your servants and guide us in the way of justice. Alleluia Verse, Cf. 2 Tim 1:10:Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death and brought life to light through the Gospel.Communion Antiphon, Mt 5:9:Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall shall be called children of God.Propers for the Optional Memorial of St. Vincent, Entrance Antiphon:This holy man fought to the death for the law of his God and did not fear the words of the godless, for he was built on solid rock. Communion Antiphon, Mt 10:39:Whoever loses his life for my sake, will find it in eternity, says the Lord. Propers for St. Marianne Cope, Entrance Antiphon:Here is a wise virgin, from among the number of the prudent, who went forth with lighted lamp to meet Christ. Communion Antiphon, Cf. Mt 25:6:Behold, the Bridegroom is coming; come out to meet Christ the Lord. January 22 is the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and the day established by the Church of penance for abortion, has been formally named as the “Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.” On this day (or January 23rd when January 22nd falls on a Sunday) your parish, school or religious formation program may celebrate the Mass for Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life. This Mass, found in our newly-translated Missal, may now be used on occasions to celebrate the dignity of human life.

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