CINCINNATI, Ohio (LifeSiteNews) — Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, led Ohio pro-lifers in the Rosary at a prayer rally held in Norwood, Ohio, not far from downtown Cincinnati, in opposition to proposed changes to the state constitution that would enshrine abortion as a so-called “right” and allow the mutilation of children through “transgender” surgeries without parental notification or consent.
While Bishop Strickland led all present in praying the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary, which commemorate the active ministry of Christ’s life, a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary was carried around the rally as a sign of consecration of the state of Ohio to the Mother of God and a plea for her protection of all children in the state.
Thanking those present “for taking the Lord’s Day…to do what we should do on a Sunday, to be with family and friends, to pray, to support the truth, to live for the Lord of life,” Strickland introduced the Rosary, saying, “Now we turn to the greatest power we have: the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary.”
“I welcome those of you who may not be part of the Catholic community, but you are part of the family of God, and you are precious in His sight. We are precious before our loving God if we are breathing; that is God’s sign to us that He loves us no matter what we do. And because He loves us, He calls us from sin to [a] virtuous life in the light of His Son.”
Strickland then explained the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary as a reflection on “the life of Christ as He entered into His public ministry: He’s baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan, He celebrates His first miracle at the wedding at Cana, He spends all His energy…proclaiming the Kingdom, and then, as we celebrate today on this Sunday—for those of you who are Catholic, this is Transfiguration Sunday, August 6th—we celebrate the Lord transfigured before Peter, James, and John.”
“And then we conclude the Luminous Mysteries with Christ instituting the Eucharist. As Catholics, we know He is really there in every tabernacle. At every Mass being celebrated, bread and wine becomes His body and blood, soul and divinity.”
“And for those of you who are of other faith traditions, the Luminous Mysteries are based on Scripture, Jesus’ story in the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John…As we pray, if you aren’t familiar with the Rosary, reflect on those moments in Scripture that you know so well. Think of the other miracles, all the proclamation of the Kingdom, the Transfiguration, and those other moments when it’s so clear that Jesus of Nazareth is Christ, Our Lord. And then reflect with us as Jesus Himself takes bread and wine and says, ‘This is my body. This is my blood.’”
The August 6 Rosary rally, which was hosted by Joe Condit, The Catholic Speakers Organization, and Catholics for Catholics, prayed for the passage of and encouraged as many people as possible to vote “yes” on Issue 1, which would require a larger majority of Ohioans to vote in favor of any new proposed constitutional amendments and could prevent the radical pro-abortion amendment from being passed.
A special election on Issue 1 will be held on Tuesday, August 8.
A proposal to amend the Ohio Constitution to enshrine abortion as a “right” recently gained enough signatures to land on the ballot in November. If approved by Ohio voters, it will categorically forbid the prohibition of abortion after “viability” if such an abortion were deemed allegedly necessary by a physician “to protect the pregnant patient’s [sic] life or health.”
Conservative critics have also warned that the extremely broad language of the amendment could allow children to obtain genital mutilation surgeries in the state without parental notification and consent because the proposal bans any direct or indirect interference or “burdens” placed upon “reproductive decisions.”
Bishop Strickland is one of America’s most outspoken bishops on the moral and cultural issues that are threatening children, marriage, families, and the integrity of the faith. He prominently led a Eucharistic procession outside of Dodger Stadium in June on the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in protest against the Dodgers’ scandalous honoring of the anti-Catholic “drag nuns” called the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
Other speakers at the prayer rally included Catholic actor Jim Caviezel, former Planned Parenthood executive-turned-pro-life advocate Abby Johnson, General Michael Flynn, a senior adviser of Catholics for Catholics, and other prominent Christian leaders.
The full pro-life Ohio Rosary rally can be viewed here.