I was honored to give the closing prayer at the Rose Dinner, the banquet held in conjunction with the March for Life. It was a tremendous privilege to be among the nation’s pro-life leaders.

In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe, Creator of all things seen and unseen. You created the world from nothing; You called Life into being by Your Word; and You made our first father Adam from the earth. You opened his side and fashioned a wife for him, bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh. You blessed their marriage and called them to be fruitful and multiply.

Even after our fall into sin, You continued to bless our lost and fallen race, opening the barren wombs of Sarah, Rebekah, Hannah, and Elizabeth. In the fullness of time You sent Your own Son into the womb of the blessed virgin Mary. In Him You have honored our race beyond all measure, as He who is of one substance with You assumed into His person our human nature.

By Him light and life have come into the world. On His cross He assumed our curse, and as a new Adam You caused His side to be opened, bestowing life-giving blood and water for the healing of the world. By His resurrection death was overcome, and You revealed Your glory in a living Man whom death cannot hold.

And now, dear Father, we confess that we have wandered far in this vale of tears. We are men of unclean lips, dwelling in the midst of a people of unclean lips. We confess to You both our pride and our despair. We implore You to forgive us. We are not worthy of the least of all the mercies and all the truth You have shown to us.

Create in us clean hearts, and renew a right spirit within us. In these gray and latter days, visit us again with Your Holy Spirit. Incline our hearts toward all those whose lives are threatened, and make of us a people of life.

Remember, O Lord, our president Donald.

Remember, O Lord, Paul, the speaker of the House.

Remember, O Lord, John, our chief justice.

Give to these men wisdom, strength, and courage.

Remember, O Lord, those who traffic in abortion. Turn their hearts, we pray.

Remember, O Lord, the slaughter of the holy innocents taking place in our land. Bring it to an end, and make us instruments of Your peace.

Remember, O Lord, all doctors and nurses.

Remember, O Lord, all who work with pregnant and vulnerable women.

As You heard the cries of Your people Israel at the slaughter of their little ones, so hear, see, and remember us in Your mercy.

We thank You for hearing us.

We thank You for this day. We thank You for our daily bread, especially this meal which we have received from Your bountiful goodness.

Now bless us as we return to our homes and vocations. Help us to show forth in our lives what we have confessed with our lips, even as You live and reign with Your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and ever and unto the ages of ages.