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Byzantines at the March for Life in Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, DC - Byzantine Catholic faithful from across the United States joined in the annual 400,000 strong March for Life on Friday, January 22nd to protest the 1973 Supreme Court decision allowing the murder of children in the womb via abortion. We pray that the merciful Lord will touch the hearts of our political leaders with respect for life from conception to natural death.

Here are a few photos:

March for Life 2010

ByzanTEENs for Life and the seminarians from SS Cyril & Methodius Seminary in Pittsburgh. In the foreground (gray hair, light blue scarf and purple hat) is His Grace, Bishop JOHN of Parma.

March for Life 2010 Seminarians from St. Josaphat Ukrainian Greek Catholic Seminary in Washington, DC were not far away.

March for Life 2010 400,000 witnesses for life!
A pdf with texts for a Divine Liturgy for Life can be found at this link.

Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead!

My soul, O my soul, rise up! Why are you sleeping? The end draws near, and soon you will be troubled. Watch, then, that Christ your God may spare you, for He is everywhere present and fills all things.

From the Great Canon of Andrew of Crete

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

According to the text, `We are the body of Christ and each of us is one of its members' (cf. 1 Cor. 12:27), we are said to be the body of Christ. We do not become this body through the loss of our own bodies; nor again because Christ's Body passes into us hypostatically or is divided into members; but rather because we conform to the likeness of the Lord's flesh by shaking off the corruption of sin. For just as Christ in His manhood was sinless by nature both in flesh and in soul, so we too who believe in Him, and have clothed ourselves in Him through the Spirit, can be without sin to Him if we so choose.

St. Maximus the Confessor, Second Century on Theology, Philokalia, V. 2
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