Intended for use before or on the day of an execution, CMN's Prayer Vigil for an Execution calls all to reflect on the themes of forgiveness and mercy in the face of the death penalty. Inviting us to lift up the dignity of all life and pray for those impacted by violence, this vigil serves to deepen our commitment to the work to end the death penalty.
These sample prayers of the faithful center on our call to be a people of life and the work to end the death penalty. Perfect for Respect Life Month or anytime of the year, these prayers of the faithful call all to be advocates for ALL life!
This prayer service focus on the life and ministry of St. Maximilian Kolbe, the patron saint of prisoners and the pro-life movement. This prayer service lifts up the work of all pro-life advocates and highlights in a particular way the call we have to lift up the dignity of all life and work to end the use of the death penalty.
Inspired by the need for mercy in our society, this prayer vigil includes reflections on scripture and intersections for all those in need of healing. Centered around the call to end the death penalty, this vigil can serve as a thoughtful prayer tool in those times leading up to and in the aftermath of an execution.
By: Alexandra Carroll, M.T.S., CMN Director of Communications
By: Br. Matt Wooters SJ, Social Worker at Nativity Jesuit Academy in Milwaukee, WI.
Lent is a time of contemplation and renewal, and CMN invites you to journey through this lenten season with the help of our weekly reflections.
By: Rev. Brian O. McDermott, S.J., Dr. Theol., Special Assistant to the President, Georgetown University
Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017
During his life on earth Jesus lived in total dependence on God as the source-of-all, whom he called Abba, and on the Holy Spirit. He also learned how to be an authentic human being (marked by self-giving love) from the other human beings who loved him unconditionally, such as Mary and Joseph.
The devotion to our Lady Undoer of Knots began in the 2nd century with St. Irenaeus. He wrote, "The knot of Eve’s disobedience was untied by the obedience of Mary; what the virgin Eve bound by her unbelief, the Virgin Mary loosened by her faith.”
With this Novena, we pray for Mary, our Advocate, and Helper in moments of affliction, to intercede on our behalf and undo the Knot of an impending execution.
This youth prayer service focuses on forgiveness & human dignity as a way to introduce young people to Christ's teaching on mercy and forgiveness.