The General Instruction of the Roman Missal notes that “in all the dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23, when January 22 falls on a Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life (373). The Mass “for peace and justice” should be used.


Suggested Lectionary texts:


Isaiah 32:15–18 (887-2). The prophet's vision of a peaceful society is one built on right and justice.


Responsorial Psalm (71) 72 (889-1)
In the reign of the ideal king, the lowly and the poor will find justice.


Every Nation on Earth (Joncas), Refrain II GC 72/GC2 46/G3 60/RS 102
Justice Shall Flourish OFUV 194

Justice Shall Flourish (Cooney) GP 220/JS 57
Justice Shall Flourish (Della Pica) PMB 762
Justice Shall Flourish (Guimont) GC2 943/RS 101
Justice Shall Flourish (Marchionda) PMB 557
Justice Shall Flourish (Schiavone) WOR 769
Justice Shall Flourish in His Time   OIF 262

Justice Will Flourish in His Time (Armstrong) CBW III 20
Justice Will Flourish in His Time (Dohms) PMB 154/WC 448
Se Postrarán ante Ti/Every Nation upon Earth (Cortez), Respuesta II FYC 219/FYC3 193


Philippians 4:6–9 (888-1). Paul offers a “household code”—a simple set of rules to live by. For the Christian, this code requires fidelity to truth, justice, beauty, and excellence.


Matthew 5:38–48 (891-2). This section of the Sermon on the Mount contains some of the most challenging moral prescriptions in the New Testament: Offer no resistance to one who is evil; pray for your persecutors. On this day, these texts point us toward practices that will make our penance effective and our defense of life successful.

Songs of Penitence

As a Fire Is Meant for Burning GC2 643/RS 779/WOR4 734
Ashes BB-MI 114/GC2 852/G3 962/GP 340/GP3 261/JS 374/JS3 339/OFUV 410
Before Thy Throne, O God, We Kneel CH 600
Beloved Son and Daughter Dear CH 234
Change Our Hearts   BB-MI 657/GC2 414/G3 493/GP 349/GP 264/JS3 535/OFUV 310
Come, Ye Disconsolate LMGM 255
Forgive Our Sins CBW III 620/GC2 848/G3 965/JS 556/OIF 575/PMB 324/RS 952/SS 1017/WC 711/WOR 754/WOR4 967/WS 588
God Made from One Blood RS 824
Grant to Us, O Lord CBW III 621A/CH 465/PMB 329/WC 710/WS 583
Healer of Our Every Ill GC2 854/G3 960/WOR4 965/WC 713/WS 593
Help Us Accept Each Other WOR 656/WOR4 818
Hold Us in Your Mercy GC2 398/G3 494/GP 350
Holy Darkness GP 477
If I Have Wounded Any Soul LMGM 312/LMGM2 768
Lead Me, Guide Me BB-MI 391/GC 574/GC2 555/G3 656/JS3 654/LMGM 168/LMGM2 538/OIF 704/PMB 397/RS 712/WC 816/SS 334/WOR4 657/WS 650
Lord, I’m Coming Home LMGM 178
Lord of All Nations, Grant Me Grace CH 612/GC2 602/G3 703/OIF 687/RS 751/WC 805/WOR 602/WOR4 697
Our Father, by Whose Name CH 621
Our Father, We Have Wandered CH 401/GC2 849/G3 956/JS 554/OIF 583/PMB 326/RS 955/SS 709/WC 705/WOR 755/WOR4 963/WS 585
Pardon Your People GP 470/GP3 416
Perdón, Señor FYC 359/FYC 305,319/
Perdona a Tu Pueblo FYC 345/FYC3 307
Remember Your Love GC2 851/G3 961/GP 474/GP3 417/JS 561/JS3 533/OFUV 317
Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling BB-MI 656/GC2 850/G3 963/GP3 414/JS 557/JS3 530/OFUV 313
Te Pedimos Perdón FYC 353/FYC 503
The Church of Christ in Every Age  CH 613/GC2 665/G3 965/OIF 875/SS 899/WC 965/WOR4 785
The Cry of the Poor  BB-MI 615/GC 48/GC2 33/G3 47/GP 203/GP3 526/JS 847/JS3 829/OFUV 836/RS 69/SPS 340/WOR4 46
There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy BB-MI 475/CBW III 443/CH 535/GC2 603/G3 644/GP 639/GP3 670/JS 748/JS3 712/LMGM2 511/OFUV 690/OIF 585/PMB 322/RS 742/SS 855/WC 709/WOR 595, 596/WOR4 645/WS 584
We Will Journey in Faith JS 552
What Does the Lord Require RS 785/WOR 624/WOR4 748
Your Love, O Lord, Has All the World Created JS 841