"The month of March provides us with the ideal opportunity to celebrate the personhood of the preborn human being," said Michaeleen Sedlak, events coordinator for American Life League.
"Specifically," continued Sedlak, "March 25, which exactly is nine months prior to Christmas, is celebrated by Christians as the first day that Jesus came to earth. On that day, known as the Feast of the Annunciation, Mary said 'yes' to God's plan, becoming the first arc of the covenant as Jesus took up residence in her womb."
According to the Catholic liturgical calendar, the Feast of the Annunciation will be celebrated on March 31 this year because March 25 falls within the Octave of Easter.
"The significance of this day is not lost on the many countries that celebrate it as a holiday," said Sedlak. "El Salvador, Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Peru have all officially recognized the Feast of the Annunciation. American Life League is planning to commemorate the day by having a special Mass offered for the safe birth of all babies in the womb. In addition, we have developed a set of activities that individuals and groups can participate in throughout March."
To find out more information of American Life League’s celebration or to have a preborn child and his or her mother remembered in the special Mass, click here.
"American Life League recognizes the scientific fact that a human being is a person from the moment of his or her creation," concluded Sedlak. "We encourage all Americans to join in this celebration of life by recognizing the significance of the Feast of the Annunciation—Jesus' first day on earth."
American Life League was co-founded in 1979 by Judie Brown. It is the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life organization in the United States and it is committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment of creation to death. For more information or press inquiries, please contact Michael Hichborn at 540.659.7900 or at 540.226.9178.
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Released: 13 Mar 08