The Bishop of Shrewsbury will consecrate his diocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Sunday.
Bishop Mark Davies’s act of consecration will mirror Pope Francis’s, the Pope will consecrate the world to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart on Sunday.
Bishop Davies said: “I see this act of entrustment to Mary’s Immaculate Heart as an antidote to the rapid process of secularisation and de-Christianisation in societies like our own.
“It points to the often overlooked priority in the leadership of Pope Francis which constantly calls for our interior conversion, a change at heart.”
Bishop Davies will say the prayer consecrating the Diocese of Shrewsbury to Mary’s Immaculate Heart following 10:45am Mass at Shrewsbury cathedral.
Bishop Davies said: “Mary is the model of a life totally consecrated to God, her pure heart (Mt.5:8) completely open to the call and grace of God.
“By this prayer of entrustment we each seek to associate ourselves with her heart, to embrace her words ‘let it be to me according to your word’ (Lk.1:38) and so to live fully our baptismal consecration.”
The bishop added: “At Fatima, amid an era marked by wars, destruction and persecutions on a scale unprecedented in human history, Our Lady pointed us to the indispensable means of prayer and penance so that our hearts may be purified, so that peace may be received by humanity. In this way we will surely witness the triumph of her Immaculate Heart.”
The statue of Our Lady of Fatima is scheduled to travel to Rome on Saturday. It will be welcomed at an evening prayer service with the Pope and pilgrims in St Peter’s Square.
The statue has not been taken to the Vatican since 1984 when Blessed Pope John Paul II consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary a year after he was shot in St Peter’s Square.
The statue will then be taken to the Shrine of Divine Love, where the Diocese of Rome plans to hold an all-night vigil.
The statue and the pilgrims will return to St Peter’s Square on Sunday for the recitation of the rosary and Mass with Pope Francis. Pope Francis will then consecrate the world to Mary’s Immaculate Heart.
|A Solemn Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Most Holy Virgin Mary, tender Mother of men, to fulfill the desires of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the request of the Vicar of Your Son on earth, we consecrate ourselves and our families to your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, O Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and we recommend to You, all the people of our country and all the world. Please accept our consecration, dearest Mother, and use us as You wish to accomplish Your designs in the world.
O Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and Queen of the World, rule over us, together with the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, Our King. Save us from the spreading flood of modern paganism; kindle in our hearts and homes the love of purity, the practice of a virtuous life, an ardent zeal for souls, and a desire to pray the Rosary more faithfully.
We come with confidence to You, O Throne of Grace and Mother of Fair Love. Inflame us with the same Divine Fire which has inflamed Your own Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Make our hearts and homes Your shrine, and through us, make the Heart of Jesus, together with your rule, triumph in every heart and home.
–Venerable Pope Pius XII