40 Days for Life - 9 campaigns around the UK
Posted by Dan Blackman on 3 October 2012
40 Days for Life has now begun. This time around there are a total of 9 campaigns happening around the UK.
40 Days for Life consists of 40 days of prayer, fasting, public prayer vigil outside of an abortion facility, and community outreach. 40 Days for Life in the UK has been running since September 2010. Its methods and aims are peaceful, prayerful, public, and compassionate. Numerous mothers and children have been spared abortion thanks to the prayer and practical support made available to them.
Last year’s 40 Days for Life at Bedford Square, London, ended on a high note with Catholic bishop Alan Hopes leading several hundred people in prayer. We wrote a report on this, including photos. Several SPUC staff and volunteers were present, as well as throughout the 40 days.
This year there will be vigils at the following UK locations:
The motive for attending the prayer vigil is of course to pray for parents and children in the womb who are close to being aborted. Supporters are also asked to pray for those who work for the abortion organisation.
Additionally, the presence of opposition groups has proven to be an impetus for people to attend the prayer vigil, ensuring a good turnout and supporting one another in the face of counter demonstrations. This has become a particular and recent feature of pro-life activity generally – whether that is pro-life chains of witness, school talks, prayer vigils, acts of witness outside of abortion facilities, or university student events. Various pro-abortion organisations regularly hold public meetings, study days, and demonstration events in support of abortion, so we should also be active in our support and presence at pro-life events.
Please have a read or re-read the report about the end of the last 40 Days for Life campaign in London, as an encouragement for you to make a commitment to support 40 Days for Life in the area where you live.