The Youth Rally and Mass for Life occurs in conjunction with the annual National March for Life held on (or near) the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade court decision making abortion legal in this country. The Rally strives to encourage the youth participating in the national March for Life in their witness as disciples of Christ and promoters of the Gospel of Life. It is the largest annual archdiocesan event, which in many ways has grown to become a national (even international) event with pilgrims traveling from as far away as the US Virgin Islands and Australia. The Archdiocese of Washington held its first rally and Mass for Life 23 years ago, and began adding locations around the city as demand grew.
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Roe v Wade court decision – a decision that has left permanent scars upon our nation as we grieve the loss of almost 55 million unborn Americans and the many lives that have been forever changed by an abortion decision. In light of the significance of the 40th anniversary, we hope and pray that more young people will participate in the Youth Rally and Mass for Life and the National March than ever before!
Join us in prayer that as a nation, we may stop wandering in the wilderness of the culture of death and may enter into “life in abundance” (Jn 10:10) through our faith in Jesus Christ and our proclamation of the Gospel of Life.
For more information about the Roe v Wade court decision and other decisions that have shaped the current legislation allowing abortion through all 9 months of pregnancy for any reason whatsoever, please see: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/abortion/roe-v-wade.cfm.