40 Days for Life rosary in Alexandria

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Employees of Annandale Women and Family Center were greeted by a peaceful and prayerful protest against abortion Oct. 18. The clinic is one of two abortion facilities in Alexandria and provides suction abortions up to 12 weeks of pregnancy, according to its website. 

The peaceful protest is part of the 40 Days for Life campaign from Sept. 27 to Nov. 5. 40 Days for Life is a worldwide pro-life effort that includes prayer and fasting, peaceful vigils and community outreach.  

“I think it is important to witness to the sanctity of life. We preach love, mercy and justice.” -Fr. Edward J. Bresnahan

As the sun peeked over the horizon around 7:30 a.m. on the 22nd day of the campaign, the sound of traffic on Duke Street mingled with the sound of 43 voices reciting the joyful mysteries of the rosary. Witnesses to life included people from a number of parishes in the area, Arlington Bishop Michael F. Burbidge and more than 20 students from Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria. 

The clinic is so close to the school that the students walk to the clinic at least twice a year to pray and witness to life.

 “It’s ingrained in the blood of the school,” said Father Edward J. Bresnahan, chaplain. “I think it is important to witness to the sanctity of life. We preach love, mercy and justice.” 

Senior Anna Johnson is president of the Catholic Witness for Life club at Bishop Ireton and has praying in front of the clinic since her freshman year. 

“Even if it doesn’t change minds right away, what I think is really important about this is that it keeps the abortion issue on people’s minds,” said Johnson. “Many people are undecided or they don’t know a lot about it, so I think having people making a prayerful witness keeps people thinking about the importance of life.” 

 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2017