A man played his guitar as midnight approached, while some softly sang. Some prayed the rosary or the Divine Mercy chaplet together. Others prayed privately with the Holy scriptures or silently.
There were a few naysayers who passed by on the weekend evenings. But those standing vigil were undaunted as they lined the sidewalk, toes at the grass, elbow to elbow, facing the facility, offering their prayers.
That devotion spoke to something else "in the air"... something.
One person arrived, reporting she felt nudged to go to the vigil site: "Take Holy Salt", that which priests have blessed and recommended for use at the abortion centers along with certain prayers:
"Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever and ever. Amen..."
And then it began to rain... gently at first.
One would expect everyone to make mad dashes for their vehicles. But they didn't. Plastic (umbrellas ponchos) was hurriedly distributed. Signage was converted to make-shift umbrellas. The rain came harder. Some gave up their own umbrellas. A young mother protected and kept warm her tiny one in her arms. Others were still getting wet, even though all shared what little plastic covering there was to be shared. Everyone stayed. And the music continued...
Then someone exclaimed to the guitar player, "your guitar!!!"
He shrugged and said something in Spanish. There was no need for interpretation. Those who did not speak Spanish understood what he said when he nodded towards the late-term abortion center. Everyone understood him.
A man knelt down in the mud...
... and there was Peace.
Thank you to all those who continue to faithfully come to the abortion facilities to pray.
Thank you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for your merciful loving kindness to us and to all men.