Rosary for Life 2020

Thank you for joining us in praying for a greater love and respect for each human person from conception to natural death. For your reference the Notre Dame Prayer for Life and petitions can be found below. This year’s rosary will be available virtually from Sunday, October 11 through the end of the month. We encourage you to pray the Glorious Mysteries all month long. This event is co-sponsored by the University of Notre Dame Alumni Association and Notre Dame Right to Life.



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The First Glorious Mystery: The Resurrection 

Petition: Most holy Mary, you stood at the foot of Christ’s cross and shared in his agony. But you also know the joy of the resurrection. Embrace all those who have died that they may share the peace and joy of your Son’s risen life. Console parents whose child was miscarried, stillborn, or aborted and comfort the sick and stand vigil over dying. 

The Second Glorious Mystery: The Ascension

Petition: Most holy Mary, we pray that our lives may come to be configured to the Risen Christ, and that we may persevere in the confidence and trust in God’s power to transform wounds of hatred into signs of love. Let us embrace our brothers and sisters at the margins with joy, especially the unborn, the immigrant, the elderly, victims of human trafficking, those who endure racial injustice, the homeless, the poorest of the poor.

The Third Glorious Mystery: The Descent of the Holy Spirit

Petition: Most holy Mary, through the Holy Spirit, the Word was made flesh in your womb, and in your presence, the same Spirit descended upon the disciples, empowering them to preach the Good News. May the Holy Spirit, who has made us beloved sons and daughters in baptism, form our hearts to wonder at the majesty of life and to proclaim the unsurpassable value of life from conception to natural death.

The Fourth Glorious Mystery: The Assumption of Mary into Heaven

Petition: Most Holy Mary, you show us how to follow Jesus, and how to stand in solidarity with the humiliated, the weak, the vulnerable, and the rejected. May we receive from your gentle hands the courage to seek racial justice in our country and the grace to sacrifice even reputation, fortune, and power to defend the dignity of every man, women, and child.   

The Fifth Glorious Mystery: The Coronation of Mary 

Petition: Most holy Mary, you are crowned queen of Heaven and Earth. Lead us to Christ the King, who rejects every form of violence and injustice. Form us in the love that forgets no one, not even the newly conceived child, the destitute elderly, and the prisoner condemned to death. Give us a heart like yours to love those who have no one to love them.

Additional Resources on Praying the Rosary

“We rejoice that God desired to so completely become one of us that he chose to come to his people through a mother, an experience that is part and parcel what it means to be fully human”
Praying the Rosary Together: A Guide for Home and Classroom

“For truly, our fragmentation as persons can only be said to be a result of human sinfulness: we are fractured, pulled apart by conflicting desires and either distracted by the idols we erect in our lives—success, power, wealth, human relationships—or discouraged by the trials we face as a result of living in a fallen world—stress, division, sickness, violence, loss. Yet, when we pray, we allow God to bring us back into right relationship with himself as he lovingly puts the disparate parts of our lives back together and fills us with the peace promised to us by Jesus himself: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid” (John 14:27).”
Praying the Rosary Together: A Guide for Home and Classroom

Notre Dame Prayer for Life

Eternal God, Source of all life,
you have created us in your own divine image.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, your Son became flesh and 
revealed to us the sanctity of all human life.
Grant, we implore you:
protect all unborn children;
guide and support all expectant parents;
comfort the aged, the sick, and the dying;
strengthen prisoners, especially those awaiting execution,
and their victims;
And bring peace to our world, torn apart by war, terrorism,
and countless other acts of violence against life.
May our Notre Dame community bear witness
to a seamless culture of life and so value the dignity and worth
of every human being, from conception until natural death.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.