The following prayer from Priests for Life is prayed because the U.S. Catholic Bishops set aside January 22, as a special day of prayer and penance for the holocaust.
God and Father of Life,
You have created every human person,
and have opened the way for each to have eternal life.
We live in the shadow of death.
Tens of millions of your children have been killed
thanks to the Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion.
Father, have mercy on us.
Heal our land
and accept our offering of prayer and penance.
In Your love for us,
turn back the scourge of abortion.
May each of us exult in hearts full of hope,
and hands full of mercy,
and work together to build a culture of life.
We pray through Christ our Lord.
Our Lady of Sorrows, ora pro nobis.