“In entrusting ourselves to Mary’s maternal care and protection, we benefit from her intercession, joining our feeble efforts to her powerful prayers and her closeness to Jesus”

Canada’s bishops will mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation re-consecrating the nation to Mary on Canada Day.

The re-consecration will take place 70 years after Canada was first consecrated to Mary at a huge Marian Congress in Ottawa in 1947. In dioceses across Canada, bishops will consecrate their individual diocese or eparchy,

Join Archbishop Miller for a special Mass on Sunday, July 2 at 11am at Holy Rosary Cathedral as we celebrate and pray the national Prayer for the Consecration of Canada. The faithful can also make the consecration in parishes across the Archdiocese.

Parishes can download the following prayer here.

 

Prayer for the Consecration of Canada to Our Lady

May the Cross of your Son, planted on Canadian soil and in Canadian hearts, be known as the Tree of Life, whose fruit is visible and available to all in the garden of this world.

Mary our Mother, we place our country Canada in the sanctuary of your Holy Heart for we know that there we will find Jesus, who lives and reigns with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

Amen.

 

History

The first time the country as a whole was consecrated to the Blessed Mother took place in 1947 during the National Marian Congress which was held in Ottawa. Ranked at the time as the largest religious gathering until then in North America, the celebration marked the centenary of the Archdiocese of Ottawa and focused on the hope for lasting world peace. A message by Pope Pius XII was broadcast during the Eucharist and was carried by a number of radio stations across the country. The prayer of consecration was led in French and English by two federal Cabinet ministers, the Right Honourable Louis St-Laurent, then Secretary of State for External Affairs, and the Honourable James J. McCann, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of War Services.
Archival information on the 1947 consecration is available on the website https://sites.google.com/site/mariancongress1947/.

As part of the 1954 Marian Year, during a celebration at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Cape, near Trois-Rivières, Quebec, all the Catholic Bishops of Canada, led by Their Eminences James Cardinal McGuigan and Paul-Émile Léger, then Archbishop of Toronto and Archbishop of Montreal respectively, consecrated the country to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. That first of what until now have been two Marian Years declared by the Supreme Pontiff marked the centenary of the solemn proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.
More information on the National Shrine (in French, Notre-Dame-du-Cap) is available on its bilingual website, https://www.sanctuaire-ndc.ca/.

How might the consecration of Canada to the Blessed Virgin Mary benefit our country?

There are a significant number of dioceses and eparchies, parishes, schools, towns and cities, streets, buildings, groups and movements, and varied institutions in Canada that bear the name of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The humble maiden of Nazareth is undeniably part and parcel of our Christian heritage and religious history.

In consecrating our country to God, or even ourselves and our families, we are but imitating how Christ chose to be united to us and our humanity. Consecration to Mary allows for an even greater partaking in the gifts of the Spirit and solicits a more profound personal commitment to Christ. In order that we might grow in holiness and be active partners in building the Kingdom, it is fitting, therefore, that we should turn to Mary to intercede with God. In imploring Our Lady’s help, that our country may be protected and that our people may be more greatly disposed to the Good News of salvation, we welcome with joy and enthusiasm the joys of discipleship in the work of the New Evangelization. At a time when our country discerns great social changes, addresses urgent needs, is confronted with life altering challenges, and strives to build a just society, consecrating it to Our Lady will allow for new dynamism to be born in the hearts of believers and will call down more abundant graces for all.

In summary, what can we say about the meaning of consecrating Canada to the Blessed Virgin Mary?

Having been baptized and answering the call of our faith, before the Father of all mercies in the name of Christ and in the Holy Spirit, we place ourselves, our loved ones, and our country under the protective mantle of Our Lady, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus our Saviour, the Mother of God, the Mother of the Church, and our spiritual Mother. As a pledge in faith, we entrust ourselves to the very woman who, through her free and pure consent at the Annunciation, singularly collaborated in the plan that God should become Incarnate and present in our world as one like us in all things but sin. The consecration of Canada to Our Lady will enrich our faith, allow a more abundant outpouring of God’s spiritual and temporal gifts on us, and enable us even more to fulfill our calling and mission. Ultimately, consecration to Mary, which springs from a more fervent, more committed, and more sustained life of prayer and devotion in which the Blessed Mother plays a unique and loving role, points and leads to a renewed spirit and understanding of family, Church, and the need for societal engagement.

Contemplated in the episodes of the Gospels and in the reality which she already possesses in the City of God, the Blessed Virgin Mary offers a calm vision and a reassuring word to modern man, torn as he often is between anguish and hope, defeated by the sense of his own limitations and assailed by limitless aspirations, troubled in his mind and divided in his heart, uncertain before the riddle of death, oppressed by loneliness while yearning for fellowship, a prey to boredom and disgust. She shows forth the victory of hope over anguish, of fellowship over solitude, of peace over anxiety, of joy and beauty over boredom and disgust, of eternal visions over earthly ones, of life over death.

For more information about this initiative from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), click here.

 

 


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