Hundreds of Pro-Life Students Stuck in Massive Blizzard Hold Service at Altar Made of Snow

National   |   Christine Rousselle   |   Jan 25, 2016   |   10:32AM   |   Washington, DC

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.

Even stuck on the interstate, we still had Holy Mass. One bus group got out to build an altar out of snow, funny,…

Posted by Missionary Benedictine Sisters – Norfolk Priory on Saturday, January 23, 2016

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:

What a beautiful public witness of faith in a frightening situation.

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