Day eight – For all who support or participate in abortion – Novena for Life

Intercessions and Reflections for Day eight of the Novena for life focusing on all who support or participate in abortion

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May all who support or participate in abortion experience a conversion of heart to seek and receive the Lord’s boundless mercy.


Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be


When God fashioned the human person in His own image and likeness, He destined us for eternal life with Him. Yet because of the sin of our first parents, death entered the world. The book of Genesis recounts the first occasion in which a person takes the life of another, as Cain violently kills his brother Abel. This instance of brother rising up against brother “at the very dawn of history is thus a sad witness of how evil spreads with amazing speed” (Evangelium vitae 8).

From the time of creation, disregard for human life has continued to spread. When we, like Cain, allow sin to find a place in our hearts, we become blinded to the truth. Sometimes this blindness might be so deep that we fail to recognise the undeniable humanity of unborn children. We may even tragically believe the lie that abortion is an act of compassion. But we know that “life, especially human life, belongs only to God: for this reason whoever attacks human life, in some way attacks God himself” (EV 9). Let us pray that all who support abortion will encounter the transforming love of the Father and, with repentant hearts, seek His mercy.

Acts of Reparation (Choose one.)

  • Smile. Ask God today for the grace to be extra joyful and to share the light of Christ with those most in need of His love and mercy.
  • Make an act of faith, hope, or love
  • Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.

One Step Further

In Dignitas Infinita, the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith outline the great value our Church puts on human dignity, which entails protecting human life from conception until natural death. Download the document to study on your own, or with a parish or other group or to share with family or friends. We must continue to pray earnestly that the United Kingdom will once again ‘choose life’ and that the lives of all women and their unborn children will again be loved, valued, welcomed and respected in this country.


Day nine – For All Who Defend Life


Intercessions and Reflections provided by Pray for Life


The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

The Hail Mary

Hail, Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.

Glory be to the Father

Glory be to the Father
and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning
is now, and ever shall be
world without end. Amen.