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

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account." (Matthew 5:11 ESV)

Holy Forefathers

Through faith, O Christ, you justified the Forefathers, * betrothing through them in advance the Church of the gentiles. * The Saints exult in glory, * for from their seed came forth a glorious fruit: * she who gave birth to You without seed. * Through their prayers, O Christ God, have mercy on us. (Troparion, Tone 2)

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

You did not honor a hand-depicted image, O thrice-blessed ones, * but defended by the undepicted Being you were glorified in a trial by fire. * And, standing in the midst of unbearable flame, you called upon God: * “Hasten, O Compassionate One, and speed to our help, * for You are merciful and You can do whatever you will.” (Kontakion, Tone 6)

(Second Sunday Before Christmas)

Saint Nicholas of Myra

The truth of your deeds has revealed you to your flock, * as a rule of faith, an image of meekness, and a teacher of abstinence. * Therefore, you attained the heights through humility, * and riches through poverty. * O Father and Hierarch Nicholas, * pray to Christ God that our souls may be saved. (Troparion, Tone 4)

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

In Myra, You were shown to be a servant of the sacred things, O Holy Nicholas, * for, fulfilling the Gospel of Christ, you, O Venerable, laid down your life for your people, * and saved the innocent from death. * Therefore, you were sanctified as a great initiate of the grace of God. (Kontakion, Tone 3)

Random Proverb

"Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you." (Proverbs 3:28 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Therefore let us leave untouched the senseless speculations of the masses and the false doctrines, and turn to the teaching delivered to us in the beginning, let us be temperate and ready for our prayers, persevere in fasting, and fervently implore the All-seeing God not to expose us to temptations, since the Lord has said: 'The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.'

St. Polycarp, Epistle to the Philippians