Vigil for All Nascent Human Life: English Worship Resources

Vigil for All Nascent Human Life:  English Worship Resources
NOW AVAILABLE at www.usccb.org/prolife/papalvigil 

Pope Benedict XVI declared a celebration, “Vigil for All Nascent Human Life,” planned for Saturday, November 27th at St. Peter’s Basilica, coinciding with first vespers of the First Sunday of Advent.  The Holy Father has also requested that “all Diocesan Bishops (and their equivalent) of every particular church preside in analogous celebrations involving the faithful in their respective parishes, religious communities, associations and movements.” 

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NOW AVAILABLE at www.usccb.org/prolife/papalvigil 

Pope Benedict XVI declared a celebration, “Vigil for All Nascent Human Life,” planned for Saturday, November 27th at St. Peter’s Basilica, coinciding with first vespers of the First Sunday of Advent.  The Holy Father has also requested that “all Diocesan Bishops (and their equivalent) of every particular church preside in analogous celebrations involving the faithful in their respective parishes, religious communities, associations and movements.” 

An outline for the Vigil was provided from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and the Pontifical Council for the Family. Given the importance of the Holy Father’s request, the USCCB Secretariat of Divine Worship and the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities have collaborated in developing Vigil prayer aids for dioceses and parishes. The English resources are now available on the USCCB web site at: www.usccb.org/prolife/papalvigil

Acknowledging that in the U.S. the Vigil falls on Thanksgiving weekend and that many parishes have complicated Mass schedules on Saturday evenings, four different options are provided:

  • Full Option One:  Evening Prayer, Rosary and Benediction
  • Full Option Two:  Marian Procession, Rosary, Evening Prayer and Benediction
  • Simplified Option One:  Evening Prayer and Benediction (no Rosary)
  • Simplified Option Two: Marian Procession, Rosary and Benediction (no Evening Prayer).

All options for the Vigil include exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction, and each of the worship aids follows the directives given by the Vatican and approved by the USCCB.  

Spanish language resources will be available soon.