Friday was the 43rd annual March for Life, and drew hundreds of thousands of people from across the country to march through Washington, D.C. to protest abortion. Due to the massive blizzard that struck the city as the march drew to a close, hundreds of pilgrims (including National Review‘s Kathryn Lopez, who live-tweeted the experience) wound up stranded on the Pennsylvania Turnpike for nearly a full day as traffic was completely stopped by the storm.
One group of pilgrims, however, did not let the intense conditions stop them from celebrating Mass on the side of the road, complete with an altar built out of snow.
According to the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Norfolk, NE, the Mass drew about 500 attendees and was celebrated by six priests. One priest had 300 hosts on him that were consecrated for the Mass.
Attendees of the “turnpike Mass” tweeted about their unique experience:
— Jack Dorcey (@ReluctantJack) January 23, 2016
— Anastasia Rogers✨ (@AnastasiaJoRog) January 23, 2016
— Emily Rash (@emily_rash5) January 23, 2016
— Esmeralda Kiczek (@EsmeraldaKiczek) January 24, 2016
— Erin Staley (@ErinStaley) January 23, 2016
— Megan Crotts (@Megansc05) January 23, 2016
What a beautiful public witness of faith in a frightening situation.
LifeNews Note: Christine Rousselle is a web editor with Townhall.com.