Pray for Pope Francis and all the world’s bishops!
The Holy See announced that Pope Francis will consecrate both Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25, the feast of the Annunciation. The consecration comes after Ukrainian Bishops’ called for the pope to consecrate Russia.
In her 1917 apparitions, Our Lady of Fatima asked for the “consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays.”
“If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church,” Our Lady said.
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While the Holy See said Pope St. John Paul II fulfilled this request in 1984, the Pope will renew this consecration on March 25 due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Pope Francis invited all bishops throughout the world to join him in the consecration. He also asked the bishops to invite all priests, religious, and faithful to participate in the consecration ” that day, in fraternal union.”
The Pope will consecrate Russia, Ukraine and “all humanity” to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at 6:30 p.m. Rome time on Fri., March 25.
Here’s Pope Francis’ letter:
The Vatican also released the full text of the upcoming consecration.
Below, we’ve provided the full text of the prayer. (Sentences bold for easier reading). You can also find a PDF version here.
Here’s the text of the Consecration prayer:
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” (Jn 2:3).
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” (Jn 19:26.)
In this way he entrusted each of us to you.
To the disciple, and to each of us, he said:
“Behold, your Mother” (v. 27).
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.
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