Life Chain to link pro-life prayers
By 10/02/2003 00:00:00
The Ellis County Press
WAXAHACHIE - Barbara Moffett will be standing on a sidewalk beside Highway 77 to pray for an hour this Sunday as she has for the past 11 years. Moffett, her husband Rick, and her children will be joined by hundreds of pro-life supporters again for Life Chain this Sunday, Oct. 5 at 2:15 p.m. in front of Waxahachie High School for an hour of silent prayer and public witness for the lives of the unborn.
Moffett is the county coordinator of Life Chain, which is an international event observed on the first Sunday of October to call for prayer and public awareness to end abortion.
Life Chain participants stand in a public area for one hour of silent prayer holding signs with slogans such as 'Abortion Kills Children,' 'Jesus Heals and Forgives,' 'Abortion Hurts Women,' and 'Adoption: the Loving Option.'
Royce Dunn of California founded Life Chain as a way to promote prayer and non-violent public witness about 'the abortion holocaust which has resulted in 44 million deaths since 1972.' After more than 5,000 Life Chains, no participant has been cited for an illegal act, according to the national office.
'Life Chain is an entirely peaceful, legal, prayerful experience for everyone,' assured Moffett.
'Lots of parents bring children, teens come with youth groups, and several churches participate,' she said.
'The city authorities and the police have been informed about the plans, as always, and have always been cooperative,' Moffett said.
Cheryl Bryant of Midlothian has participated in Life Chain in Waxahachie with her church, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, for the last 11 years. 'I think that abortion is such an important issue that we have to draw public attention to it, and we have to pray for its end,' Bryant said.
Life Chain participants will meet in front of Waxahachie High School at 2:15 p.m. to form a line south along Highway 77. Other participants will gather at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, in the Ralston-Hardesty Hall.
504 E. Marvin Ave. at 2 p.m. and will form a line along East Marvin Avenue. Participants will stand in silent prayer from 2:30 until 3:30 p.m. For more information, call Barbara Moffett at 972-617-7751.