Sunday, September 21, 2014

Photos and Homily of the Prayer Vigil for Life led by Archbishop Vigneron

On Saturday, September 20, 2014, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron led the Prayer Vigil for Life as he has done yearly since returning to the Archdiocese of Detroit.  The Helpers of God's Precious Infants of Michigan is a group of volunteers dedicated to helping women during pregnancy to seek alternatives to abortion, guiding them to other groups who assist them through pregnancy and after. A big part of their work is prayer.  Volunteers spend much time in prayer, especially in Adoration and praying the Rosary.

In this video you will see photos from throughout the day.  You will also hear the brief homily of Archbishop Vigneron from the 7:30 a.m. Mass, preceding the prayer procession to the 8 Mile Rd boulevard, with pictures continuing to stream as you listen.  There, on 8 Mile Rd., people prayed in front of one abortion mill on the Eastpointe side; then processed about a block on the grassy island separating east and west-bound traffic to pray in front of another mill on the Detroit side.  Both were open.

[If the video below fails to play, please go directly to YouTube and watch it there.]

You can see the full set of photos I took that day in this gallery for September 20, 2014 Prayer Vigil for Life.   I captured a small bit of video, but I am saving this for a larger project that will be used to share what I have witnessed through the lens of my camera over the 9 years that I have been covering these vigils.  While the Helpers work most days during the week in front of the two mills, these larger prayer vigils happen 3-4 times from early spring to late fall. They are almost always led by one of the bishops of Detroit.

Sidewalk counselors from the Helpers of God's Precious Infants of Michigan are out in front of those abortion mills during hours of operation, regardless of weather conditions.  They provide training for those considering sidewalk counseling, as well as for others who want to dedicate themselves as prayer warriors to for the success of the counselors.  Sidewalk counselors are not confrontational, but offer materials in a friendly way and the women and men visiting the mill often take these materials.  Use the contact information in the side bar for more information on how to work with this apostolate.

If you are not in metro Detroit, look for a Helpers of God's Precious Infants chapter near you, or contact the main apostolate in Brooklyn for information on how to start a chapter. See the sidebar.

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