On 27th October 1967 the Abortion Act was passed in the UK – a sad day. Since then, 8.8 million babies have been lost to abortion. It was only right, therefore, that the Guardians of Our Lady, parishioners of the Holy Child and St Joseph, Bedford and other Pro-Life supporters should come together at the Shrine in large numbers to mark this 50th anniversary with a Mass of Reparation.
The hymn ‘Dear Lord and Father of mankind, forgive our foolish ways’ was sung at the beginning of the Mass, setting the tone of sorrow for this situation in which this country finds itself.
Canon Seamus Keenan, Rector of the Shrine, reminded us in his homily to pray for those mothers, fathers and unborn children who have been affected by abortion, those contemplating an abortion, and for those working in the abortion industry, that the latter will see the light of truth.
Around the church and in the sanctuary were banners stating that 560 babies are aborted every day in Britain. This loss would be equivalent to the number of pupils at a large primary school.
The Miraculous Relic Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe had been brought into the sanctuary and she was invoked as the Protectress of the Unborn.