Washington, DC - His Grace, Kurt Burnettte, Bishop of the Eparchy of Passaic led those participating in the Vigil for the March for Life in Compline (Night Prayer) in the Crypt Church at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on January 23, 2020 at 9:30 PM. The homilist was His Excellency, Joseph Kopaz, the Bishop of Jackson (Mississippi). The Vigil incuded an Opening Mass, with Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activites as the principal celebrant and homilist, the National Rosary for Life, Confessions, Compline (Night Prayer), and Holy Hours for Life.

Bishop Kurt (Burnette) of Passaic leads Compline

 Bishop Kurt (Burnette) of Passaic leads the participants in Compline.
 Bishop Joseph Kopacz preaches the homily.
Bishop Joseph Kopacz of the Diocese of Jackson (Mississippi) preaches the homily. 

 The Slava Men's Chorus under the direction of Don Springer lead the singing.

The Slava Men's Chorus under the direction of Don Springer and the Cantors from Ephipnany of Our Lord Parish in Annandale, Virginia lead the singing.

Teachings of Christ

“Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14 ESV)

Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of despondency, carelessness, love of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)

Rather grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humility, patience, and love. (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not condemn my brother; for You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)

Encounter

Rejoice, O Mother of God, Virgin full of grace. * From you has risen the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, * shining upon those who are in darkness. * Rejoice also, you righteous Elder; * for you received in your arms the Deliverer of our souls, * Who has given us resurrection. (Troparion, Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

O Christ God, through Your birth You sanctified the Virgin's womb; * and blessed, as it was proper, the hands of Simeon. * Now, having come, you saved us. * Give peace to Your commonwealth in times of war * and strengthen our civil authorities, whom You have loved, O You who alone loves mankind. (Kontakion, Tone 1)

(The Feast of the Encounter is February 2nd - the 40th Day of Christmas)

Random Proverb

"Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold." (Proverbs 3:13,14 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Adam, God's first-formed man, transgressed: could He [God] not at once have brought death upon him? But see what the Lord does, in His great love towards man. He casts him out from Paradise, for because of sin he was unworthy to live there; but He puts him to dwell over against Paradise: that seeing whence he had fallen, and from what and into what a state he was brought down, he might afterwards be saved by repentance.

St. Cyril of Jerusalem (Catechetical Lectures: Lecture 2 no. 7)