Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Pro-Life Mass and March

Yesterday marked the 33rd Anniversary of Roe v Wade and the March for Life in Washington, D.C. I had been three times before but this was my first time as a seminarian. It was an amazing experience to participate in this capacity. Seeing the overwhelming numbers and support of seminarians from all over the country was very inspirational. I even got to join the procession of the Vigil Mass for Life in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The procession alone took 30 minutes! There were hundreds of seminarians, priests, and bishops. One thing that struck me the most was walking the long procession, winding through the crowd and seeing the faces of the thousands of faithful packed into the Basilica. All of their smiles and waves as we processed through were very encouraging and I could really feel the love of the Universal Church for her seminarians. And now...here's some pics:

Here is one of my best friends at St. Mary's, Dan Hoffman of the Diocese of Erie, PA, in front of the side altar of St. Agnes in the crypt church of the Basilica............... and me:



Here are just a few of the hundreds of seminarians who donned their cassocks and surplices to get ready for the procession and Mass..... wait for it.....wait for it.....P.O.D.!!
And a deacon prepares for Mass as well, in prayer before the tabernacle of the crypt church.



Here's a shot of the many, many priests vesting for Mass and the best shot I could get of Fr. Frank Pavone (I must admit I was a little star-struck!) - he's on the right.



Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures of the main church. I can't explain well enough how huge the basilica is (largest Catholic Church in the Americas, top 10 largest of any church in the world) and how many thousands of people were packed in for Mass.

In future posts coming soon: Pics from the Youth Mass for Life at the MCI Center, and pics from the March for Life!

St. Gianna Beretta Molla, pray for us!

7 comments:

It's me, T.J. said...

Nice blog.

Just stumbled upon it and wanted to let you know that I visited.

Also, I want to say "thanks" for your participation in the pro-life demonstrations.

later...

Amy said...

"and how many thousands of people were packed in for Mass."

...and how random was it that I happened to be standing in the aisle as you walked by? Crazy.

You marched not too far behind me on Monday too, but I couldn't come say hi. :(

Anonymous said...

is it different to go as a seminarian?

Darby Dugger said...

Hey Matt,

I enjoyed reading this story and seeing all the pictures. How awesome. In the past I have participated in marches and even gave a speech on the capital steps in favor of Pro-Life. Keep fighting the good fight.

Leigh sent me the letter that you wrote her with some points about Mary. Would it be OK for me to respond to that over e-mail instead of on our blogs? Trust me when I say that I am in no way wanting to get into a debate with you - just want to share some thoughts about the letter. :)

Hope your day is going well!

Your Friend,
Darby

Anonymous said...

Matt,

You look awesome!!! I am so happy and proud of you. I wish I could have seen you in the procession. That was always my favorite part of the March.

I have thought a lot about the Pro Life March and its mission the last few months. I feel so blessed that God has allowed me to carry this life and to eventually give birth to this little one.

Laura

Matt1618 said...

Amen sister!

laura said...

those are awesome pictures. wish i could have been there too! maybe next year? ive been trying for like five years haha. oh well. one day.