Forty-one people stand at the altar during the 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph Parish in Sylvania Sunday to protest the U.S. Supreme Court’s ‘Roe vs. Wade’ decision of Jan. 22, 1973, which legalized abortion in the United States.
Dylan Breininger puts a rose in a vase during a special procession at St. Joseph Parish marking the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision.
Parishioners of St. Joseph parish marked the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade ruling that legalized abortion with a somber observance on Sunday in memory of all the unborn children affected by the decision.
For each year the United States has had legalized abortion, 41 people walked in a procession to the altar during the 10:30 a.m. mass. The rose procession is an annual tradition at the parish as a silent and powerful way to protest the Jan. 22, 1973, Supreme Court decision.
The procession began with a man, age 41, carrying a single rose to the altar representing the fetuses aborted that year. He was followed by a 40-year-old, a 39-year-old, and on down, until the last single rose was placed in a vase by a pregnant woman.