At 1800 Rome time (1700 GMT 1200 EST) the Holy Father will celebrate 1st Vespers of Advent in the Vatican Basilica.
But at 1730 Rome time (1630 GMT 1130 EST) there is the Vigil of Prayer for Nascent Life.
You may remember my comments about the word “nascent“.
I see that not all bishops around the world have done very much to promote this. At least I haven’t seen anything. Have you? Post in the combox.
In the meantime, please do something on your own for this Vigil in solidarity with the Holy Father’s wishes and with the unborn.
UPDATE: I have read through the Holy Father’s sermon for Vespers. It is workmanlike. He hits excellent points about the dignity of human life from conception onward. He quotes two of the only paragraphs in Gaudium et spes worth quoting frequently, namely, 22 and 51. Alas, he did not quote the mighty phrase in 51:
Deus enim, Dominus vitae, praecellens servandi vitam ministerium hominibus commisit, modo homine digno adimplendum. Vita igitur inde a conceptione, maxima cura tuenda est; abortus necnon infanticidium nefanda sunt crimina. … For God, the Lord of life, has conferred on men the surpassing ministry of safeguarding life in a manner which is worthy of man. Therefore from the moment of its conception life must be guarded with the greatest care while abortion and infanticide are unspeakable crimes.
Isn’t it interesting that many pro-abortion “Catholics” think that Papa Ratzinger is undermining the Second Vatican Council?
But I digress. If you can, watch Vespers and the Vigil for Nascent Human Life.