The icon above left depicts Rachel, mourning for the babies murdered as a result of Herod’s rage (St. Matthew 2). I was given an icon such as this at the Icon Festival I attended back in the fall. A prayer is written on the back: (emphasis mine)
“O Lord Jesus Christ, Who - at the 6th hour of the day -- didst shed Thy precious Blood upon the Cross for the salvation of all mankind; receive the souls of all the innocent pre-born babies, who have been, are being, or will be slaughtered today in the hospitals and abortion chambers throughout our nation. And as their untimely deaths have prevented them from receiving the grace of Holy Baptism, I entreat Thee to accept their innocent blood as their baptism (as Thou didst with the early Martyrs); so that they can share eternity with Thee.
To the doctors, nurses, parents and hosts of accomplices responsible for this infanticide, grant tears of repentance; so that they can run to Thee for forgiveness and healing, and thus avoid the eternal death of their souls. I believe that all things are possible with Thee, O Lord. Therefore, I entreat Thee on this day -- through divine grace - to convince at least one mother in every state to cancel her abortion and bring her child to full term; and to convince one doctor in every state to repent of his actions, and never again kill a child in the womb.
Receive my prayer, O Lord, even though it is offered to Three from such a sinful and unworthy servant; and unite my entreaty with those of all the other brothers and sisters that are crying out today on behalf of all Thy little ones, who are now being formed in the wombs of their mothers. Deliver us and our nation, O Lord, from this shedding of innocent blood! Forgive us! Heal us! Save us! Amen.”
What a contrast, a complete opposing view calling abortion a blessing, espoused by Katherine Hancock Ragsdale (pictured above right) , the dean and president of the Episocopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA:
"Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Let me hear you say it: abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done."
“I want to thank all of you who protect this blessing – who do this work every day: the health care providers, doctors, nurses, technicians, receptionists, who put your lives on the line to care for others (you are heroes — in my eyes, you are saints); the escorts and the activists; the lobbyists and the clinic defenders; all of you. You’re engaged in holy work.”
“When a woman wants a child but can’t afford one because she hasn’t the education necessary for a sustainable job, or access to health care, or day care, or adequate food, it is the abysmal priorities of our nation, the lack of social supports, the absence of justice that are the tragedies; the abortion is a blessing.
And when a woman becomes pregnant within a loving, supportive, respectful relationship; has every option open to her; decides she does not wish to bear a child; and has access to a safe, affordable abortion – there is not a tragedy in sight — only blessing. The ability to enjoy God’s good gift of sexuality without compromising one’s education, life’s work, or ability to put to use God’s gifts and call is simply blessing.”
View the complete sermon here.
One who follows the teachings of Jesus Christ and worships the Triune God would never praise those who murder babies. The “church” Katherine Hancock Ragsdale represents is not christian, it’s secular humanism that has yet to come out of the closet.