Order of Malta

 Pilgrimage for Life

“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born, I consecrated you.”
Jeremiah 2:5

The Pilgrimage for Life is a peaceful, joyful celebration of life. It began immediately following the Supreme Court decision of Roe vs. Wade, legalizing abortion, and occurs annually on January 22, or on a weekday close to the anniversary. It provides the opportunity for hundreds of thousands of persons of all ages, all faiths and all walks of life to make a statement in support of life. By giving witness to the importance of life, we give witness to our faith. All members of the American Association are invited to join the multitude of pro-life proponents marching along Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court, praying for the end of abortion.

Schedule of Events

Each year’s pilgrimage begins with a reflection, lunch, and Vigil Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. On the following day, pilgrims join together for Mass at St. Patrick’s Church and breakfast before departing for the Rally on the Mall. Pilgrims gather under the icon of Our Lady of Philermo and join the peaceful and joyful pro-life throng. They move along Constitution Avenue to the Supreme court, where they stop to pray the rosary and join in song praising Our Lord and his Blessed Mother. The day concludes with lunch and the Annual Rose Dinner.

An Approved Pilgrimage

H.E. Reverend Monsignor Jean Laffitte, Prelate of the Order of Malta, has commented on participation in the Pilgrimage for Life. He wrote, “I have reviewed the plans for the Pilgrimage for Life and approve the Pilgrimage as a worthy activity of the Order, the American Association and its members: Culture of Life is truly an important focus area for our Order.”

Order of Malta, American Association, U.S.A.

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