Today, January 22nd, 2013, marks the fortieth anniversary of the two Supreme Court cases, Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, that legalized abortion at anytime during a nine month pregnancy in the United States.
For the past forty years, over 100 million potential Americans aged forty and younger have never been born to contribute to our society, thanks to not only abortion, but also via the Pill.
Because of this, January 22nd has been designated a Day of Penance for Violations of the Dignity of the Human Person. Therefore, today, Votive Mass IX, Missa Per Pacem, shall be said as a votive of the First Class. Today has also been designated as a day of Fast and Abstinence in the United States.
The Collect of the Mass (in English) is as follows:
O GOD, from Whom are holy desires, right counsels, and just works: give to Thy servants that which the world cannot give, both that our hearts may be disposed to obey Thy commandments, and also, the fear of enemies being removed, our times, by Thy protection, may be peaceful. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy son, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, God. World without end. Amen.
Introit: Ecclesiasticates 36:18
Epistle: II Maccabees 1:1-5
Gradual: Psalm 121:6-7
Alleluia: Psalm 147:12
Gospel: St. John 20:19-24
Offertory: Psalm 134:3,6
Communion: St. John 14:27