As it has been the last several years, Chicago’s 40 Days for Life kick-off vigil outside the Albany Medical/Surgical Center on the city’s Northwest Side was a wonderful beginning to the next 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion.
Singles for Family and Life led the group in many contemporary hymns in a prayer service designed by Lou Coson. The service included a few old favorites, such as the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”—proclaiming the ultimate victory of Christ over death.
Fr. Stephen Lesniewski, an active sidewalk counselor who has saved many babies over the years, led the group of about 100 people.
Halfway through, participants took the candles they held and placed them around the clinic while praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, led by Fr. Steve, who prayed on the cement on his knees.
Unlike last year, there were no pro-abortion protesters, so the atmosphere was extremely prayerful and contemplative.
We will need your involvement to keep our vigil staffed 24 hours a day over the next 40 days. Please visit the online calendar to sign up for the hours you can cover.