Archbishop to reconsecrate archdiocese to Immaculate Heart of Mary

| September 6, 2017 | 2 Comments

Catholics invited to join 33-day preparation for individual, family consecration

Archbishop Bernard Hebda has invited the people of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to participate in preparation for a reconsecration of the archdiocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Oct. 13.

People of the archdiocese can join in the 33-day preparation for an individual or family consecration to Mary, which begins Sept. 10 and concludes Oct. 13. The archdiocesan Office of Evangelization, which is organizing the devotion, directs people to the book “33 Days to Morning Glory,” a user-friendly guide to making a personal consecration to Mary.

“She’s the queen mother, the ‘gebhirah.’ From Old Testament times, they always went to the queen mother to make their petitions more acceptable to the son,” said Crystal Crocker, director of the Office of Evangelization.

The reconsecration will occur at the Cathedral of St. Paul as part of the annual archdiocesan rosary procession at 7 p.m. The consecration honors the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima’s final appearance in Fatima, Portugal, and the famous miracle of the “dancing of the sun.”

According to her seers, Our Lady of Fatima requested devotion to her Immaculate Heart, specifically the consecration of Russia to it. Pope Pius XII consecrated the world to Mary’s Immaculate Heart in 1942. Pope John Paul II consecrated Russia specifically to the Immaculate Heart in 1984, as well as the world. Pope Benedict and Pope Francis both have re-consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart in 2010 and 2013, respectively.

The archdiocese has been consecrated to the Immaculate Heart annually with the October rosary procession. The archbishop has placed greater emphasis on the act of piety this year because of the Fatima anniversary.

Although consecration to Mary as a devotional practice dates to the Church’s early centuries, St. Louis de Montfort wrote a treatise on Mary in 1712 that later popularized a 33-day method of consecration to her.

Marian Father Michael Gaitely, author of “33 Days to Morning Glory” (Marian Press, 2013), synthesized St. Louis de Montfort’s material and weaved in other insights from more recent saints such as St. Therese of Lisieux and St. Maximilian Kolbe, the latter of whom worked to spread devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary through the Marian movement he founded, Militia of the Immaculata.

The Office of Evangelization has worked with Catholic bookstores Leaflet Missal in St. Paul, St. George Books and Gifts in Blaine and Holy Cross Books and Gifts in Lakeville to make “33 Days to Morning Glory” available for purchase in conjunction with the archdiocesan-wide devotion. Crocker said the book is easy to use in completing the daily prayers.

Crocker, who said she has previously completed the devotion, encouraged Catholics to adopt the devotion.

“You’re spending time with your mother, Mary,” she said.

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  • Charles C.

    Excellent idea! Congratulations!

    May we meditate on Mary’s virtues of obedience, long-suffering, chastity, and faith, and petition for her protection.

  • Charles C.

    And from the National Catholic Register:

    Scotland has been consecrated to Our Lady, by the Scottish Bishops, with the full support of the Scottish Parliament. The consecration took place at the shrine of Our Lady at Carfin, in the Diocese of Motherwell, attended by a large crowd gathered from across Scotland.

    This is an event unique in Scotland’s history, and comes at a time when there is a strong sense of honoring the nation’s history and identity.

    A motion passed by the Scottish Parliament says:

    That the Parliament recognises that Scotland’s Catholic bishops will consecrate the nation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on 3 September 2017; understands that the bishops will pray for Scotland at the Marian Shrine at the Carfin Grotto, near Motherwell, asking that Scotland be energised with a renewed desire to seek the truth, and understands that at the same time they will pray for all parliamentarians and government, so that they will play their part in building a true civilisation of love and strive to create a place where all people are valued, a place where poor, lonely and marginalised people are not forgotten, and a place where people are free to practise their faith.

    Bishop John Keenan of Paisley said, “The Scottish Bishops are the successors of the Apostles in Scotland. Gathering as a College of Bishops in union with Peter, and in whom resides the spiritual authority over Scotland, they invoke this authority for our country to make recourse and intercession to our Mother Mary’s Heart, sure that she will not fail to come to our aid but will entrust us to the care of her beloved Son.”

    Would that our “Parliament” have the courage and wisdom to do the same.