Rocklanders Honor Life in Chain of Prayer

The early afternoon showers stopped just in time for the Life Chain, which united 400 Rocklanders of different faiths  along the intersection of Route 59 and Middletown Road in Nanuet on Sunday, Oct. 7., to pray for our nation and an end to abortion. 

This is the 20th year that prolifers in Rockland County have participated in this national event, which is held during October, which has been designated Respect Life Month.

The purpose of the Life Chain is not only to bring the prolife message to the public, but also to minister to those who take part in it — to make them ever mindful of life as a gift from God.

The participants displayed signs that read “Abortion Hurts Women,” “Jesus Loves Little Children,” “The Seamless Garment,” and “Life, the Natural Choice.”

But most prominent sign held by participants was “Abortion Kills Children. the Life Chain’s foremost life-saving message that has encouraged many to enter the prolife battle.  Millions of our fellow citizens support abortion, but no one supports the “killing” of unborn children.

Along the length of the Life Chain, groups prayed the rosary, others prayed silently, and at one spot on Middletown Road there was music with a banjo and drums.

Among those present were the prolife group from St. Peter’s in Haverstraw, the Knights of Columbus, the Sisters of Life, the Our Lady of Guadaloupe Rosarians, and youth groups from St. Anthony and St. Joseph’s churches and Albertus Magnus High School.

There were clergy present including Rev. Joseph LaMorte, pastor of St. Gregory’s in Garnerville, Rev. Jerry Deponai (pastor) and Rev. Anthony Mizzi-Gili from St. Anthony’s in Nanuet,  Pastor Mark Eccher of the Christian Church of Rockland, in Garnerville, and Rev. Fredy Pantino from St. Peter’s in Haverstraw.

There were also groups from Beth AM Messiah in New City and from many of the areas churches and parishes.

The event included donations for needy moms and gifts for babies through “The World’s Biggest Baby Shower.”

To see more photos from the Life Chain please click on the links below:

Middletown Road, north of Rte. 59

Rte. 59 Westbound

Rte. 59 Eastbound

Albertus Magnus and the St. Joseph’s and St. Anthony’s youth groups