Monsignor David Cox, pastor of St. Stanislaus Parish in Wardsville and St. Margaret of Antioch Parish in Osage Bend, led the opening prayer for a rally in the Missouri State Capitol Rotunda on March 8, 2023, during the Missouri Right to Life Pro-Life Action Day:
Loving Father, you formed man from the dust of the Earth and breathed into him the gift of life.
Today, we gather to praise you for that precious gift of life that you have given to us.
We pray that we may recognize the sanctity of all human life from conception until natural death.
We pray for our country, that it may be faithful to the vision of our founding fathers as one nation under God.
May our president and all elected officials enact laws that protect the most innocent and vulnerable among us.
May we use the gift of life that you have given us for your greater honor and glory. Let us praise you with every breath that we take!
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.