A Joyous Celebration of Life and a Demand for Justice
I love attending the March for Life and just got home from marching with Lutherans from across the country. We had a great time, although my pictures from the March are cracking me up. They begin with everyone smiling and by the time we were half-way to the Supreme Court, everyone is grimacing from the wind and snow.
I didn't find Mama Toad, who also attended. However, the head of my Lutheran denomination, Pastor Matthew Harrison, did get to meet her! Here he is teasing my daughter prior to the Divine Service that was held this morning.
We heard, with Pastor Harrison preaching, a wonderful sermon and received the Sacrament and then headed down to the mall.
Here are a few of the pictures I took. Unfortunately, because it was so cold, most people had their hands in pockets as opposed to holding signs. But this at least gives some flavor.
I saw this Dr. Seuss phrase on many a sign.
This is still the part of the march where we were all smiling and laughing. And yes, most of us did wear these obnoxious neon-green hats to help us keep together.
Then the snow came and the wind picked up. But we finished the march. Our green hat strategy worked so even by the end of the march, several hundred of us were still together to pray (the Our Father) and sing hymns ("We Praise You And Acknowledge You") in front of the Supreme Court and Capitol buildings. Quick note on the hymn -- it is a gorgeous hymn that is a versification of the Te Deum laudamus, written by current Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod pastor Stephen Starke. And yet everyone knew the words by heart already. I was impressed at the beginning of the march when everyone sang four verses of "A Mighty Fortress" and that's basically a requirement to be confirmed Lutheran. It's one thing to know a hymn written 500-1500 years ago, but one that was just put in the hymnal (hymn 941, mind you) four years ago? You can hear it here and here, if you're interested. Lyrics, which provide great imagery of the Universal Church and what Christ has done for us, are here.
OK, I have many, many more photos but am having trouble uploading them. I'll try to do it later. I am curious what media coverage of this huge march was like. By the time I got home, the biggest story was about a dolphin dying in Brooklyn -- no mention of the throng gathered for the 40th annual March for Life.
But, then again, media downplaying of this event is also a 40-year tradition.