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A portrait of protest and prayer in New York City

In the early hours of a cloudy Saturday morning, the pews of Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Soho began to fill. Kneelers creaked as the weight of the faithful and their prayers was laid at the foot of the huge crucifix suspended high above the altar. These prayers were specific. This day marked the conclusion of 40 days of prayer and fasting, guided by 40 Days for Life and the Frassati Fellowship of New York, for all of those impacted by the effects of the infamous Supreme Court ruling in the case of Roe v. Wade.

As Fr. John Paul, C.F.R, began the celebration of the Mass, the din of gathering protesters beyond the courtyard gates and their chants could be heard through the heavy wooden doors, creating a dissonant symphony of prayers and protests that echoed throughout the sacred space.

When Mass concluded the Blessed Sacrament was presented for Adoration and the words “In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit …” were uttered in peaceful solidarity to begin the Rosary procession. The gathered, united in prayer, spilled out onto the wet streets of Manhattan to face their accusers.

As the prayerful and the protesters faced each other,

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