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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

The Consecration Text Released

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The Consecration Text Released

This coming Friday, Pope Francis is reportedly going to consecrate "ourselves, the Church and all humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine, the future of the whole human family, the needs and expectations of every people, the anxieties and hopes of the world" to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

So, herein lies one problem among many others in the following text of the Consecration. Our Lady of Fatima asked for the consecration of RUSSIA to her Immaculate Heart. Why Russia? I do not know exactly, but I would imagine that she had her reasons.  It's not for me to question the Mother of God. I can speculate but I simply do not know why she stipulated Russia and only Russia.  As I see it, then, strict obedience to her command would be best... and not adding to it, subtracting from it, extrapolating, expanding, or augmenting it. She asked for Russia to be consecrated, and that's all we know. 

Francis must have anticipated that there would be concerns here, and one wonders why he wouldn't just shut down all criticisms by following Our Lady's request to the letter.

But not to fear. If Francis wants to ask Our Lady to intercede on behalf of world peace, good for him! But when Russia does not convert to the Catholic Faith (which was to be the specific result of said consecration, according to Our Lady of Fatima), I will not lose faith in her or her message, but will continue to pray for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as requested by the Mother of God.

Here is the text of Friday's consecration, as published by the Archbishop of St. Paul/Minneapolis this morning. MJM

Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Basilica of Saint Peter/Cathedral of Saint Paul 25 March 2022

O Mary, Mother of God and our Mother,

in this time of trial we turn to you.

As our Mother, you love us and know us:

no concern of our hearts is hidden from you.

Mother of mercy, how often we have experienced

your watchful care and your peaceful presence!

You never cease to guide us to Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

 

Yet we have strayed from that path of peace.

We have forgotten the lesson learned from the tragedies of the last century, the sacrifice of the millions who fell in two world wars.

We have disregarded the commitments we made as a community of nations. We have betrayed peoples’ dreams of peace and the hopes of the young.

We grew sick with greed,

we thought only of our own nations and their interests,

we grew indifferent and caught up in our selfish needs and concerns.

We chose to ignore God,

to be satisfied with our illusions, to grow arrogant and aggressive,

to suppress innocent lives and to stockpile weapons.

We stopped being our neighbor’s keepers and stewards of our common home. We have ravaged the garden of the earth with war

and by our sins we have broken the heart of our heavenly Father,

who desires us to be brothers and sisters.

We grew indifferent to everyone and everything except ourselves.

Now with shame we cry out:

Forgive us, Lord!

Holy Mother,

amid the misery of our sinfulness, amid our struggles and weaknesses,

amid the mystery of iniquity that is evil and war,

you remind us that God never abandons us,

but continues to look upon us with love,

ever ready to forgive us and raise us up to new life.

He has given you to us and made your Immaculate Heart a refuge for the Church and for all humanity.

By God’s gracious will, you are ever with us;

even in the most troubled moments of our history, you are there to guide us with tender love.

We now turn to you and knock at the door of your heart. We are your beloved children.

In every age you make yourself known to us,

calling us to conversion.

At this dark hour, help us and grant us your comfort.

Say to us once more: “Am I not here, I who am your Mother?”

You are able to untie the knots of our hearts and of our times.

In you we place our trust.

We are confident that, especially in moments of trial,

you will not be deaf to our supplication and will come to our aid.

That is what you did at Cana in Galilee,

when you interceded with Jesus and he worked the first of his signs.

To preserve the joy of the wedding feast, you said to him: “They have no wine.” Now, O Mother, repeat those words and that prayer,

for in our own day we have run out of the wine of hope,

joy has fled, fraternity has faded.

We have forgotten our humanity and squandered the gift of peace.

We opened our hearts to violence and destructiveness.

How greatly we need your maternal help!

Therefore, O Mother, hear our prayer.

Star of the Sea, do not let us be shipwrecked in the tempest of war.

Ark of the New Covenant, inspire projects and paths of reconciliation. Queen of Heaven, restore God’s peace to the world.

Eliminate hatred and the thirst for revenge, and teach us forgiveness.

Free us from war, protect our world from the menace of nuclear weapons. Queen of the Rosary, make us realize our need to pray and to love.

Queen of the Human Family, show people the path of fraternity.

Queen of Peace, obtain peace for our world.

 

O Mother, may your sorrowful plea stir our hardened hearts. May the tears you shed for us

make this valley parched by our hatred blossom anew. Amid the thunder of weapons,

may your prayer turn our thoughts to peace.

May your maternal touch soothe those who suffer

and flee from the rain of bombs.

May your motherly embrace

comfort those forced to leave their homes and their native land. May your Sorrowful Heart move us to compassion and inspire us to open our doors

and to care for our brothers and sisters who are injured and cast aside.

 

Holy Mother of God, as you stood beneath the cross,

Jesus, seeing the disciple at your side, said: “Behold your son.”

In this way he entrusted each of us to you.

To the disciple, and to each of us, he said: “Behold, your Mother.”

Mother Mary, we now desire to welcome you into our lives and our history. At this hour, a weary and distraught humanity

stands with you beneath the cross, needing to entrust itself to you

and, through you, to consecrate itself to Christ.

The people of Ukraine and Russia,

who venerate you with great love,

now turn to you,

even as your heart beats with compassion for them

and for all those peoples decimated by war, hunger, injustice and poverty.

 

Therefore, Mother of God and our Mother,

to your Immaculate Heart

we solemnly entrust and consecrate ourselves,

the Church and all humanity,

especially Russia and Ukraine.

Accept this act that we carry out with confidence and love. Grant that war may end and peace spread throughout the world. The “Fiat” that arose from your heart

opened the doors of history to the Prince of Peace.

We trust that, through your heart, peace will dawn once more. To you we consecrate the future of the whole human family,

the needs and expectations of every people,

the anxieties and hopes of the world.

 

Through your intercession,

may God’s mercy be poured out on the earth

and the gentle rhythm of peace return to mark our days.

Our Lady of the “Fiat”, on whom the Holy Spirit descended,

restore among us the harmony that comes from God.

May you, our “living fountain of hope”, water the dryness of our hearts. In your womb Jesus took flesh;

help us to foster the growth of communion.

You once trod the streets of our world;

lead us now on the paths of peace.

Amen

https://thecatholicspirit.com/news/local-news/archbishop-hebda-bishop-williams-to-join-pope-francis-in-consecrating-ukraine-russia/

  

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Michael J. Matt has been an editor of The Remnant since 1990. Since 1994, he has been the newspaper's editor. A graduate of Christendom College, Michael Matt has written hundreds of articles on the state of the Church and the modern world. He is the host of The Remnant Underground and Remnant TV's The Remnant Forum. He's been U.S. Coordinator for Notre Dame de Chrétienté in Paris--the organization responsible for the Pentecost Pilgrimage to Chartres, France--since 2000.  Mr. Matt has led the U.S. contingent on the Pilgrimage to Chartres for the last 24 years. He is a lecturer for the Roman Forum's Summer Symposium in Gardone Riviera, Italy. He is the author of Christian Fables, Legends of Christmas and Gods of Wasteland (Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll) and regularly delivers addresses and conferences to Catholic groups about the Mass, home-schooling, and the culture question. Together with his wife, Carol Lynn and their seven children, Mr. Matt currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.