Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary –Oh Happy Day!

IMG_20171015_105435Today,  our parish in Ottawa took part in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter’s consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Here is Bishop Steven J. Lopes’ invitation:

“On Sunday, Oct. 15, I will consecrate the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter to Mary’s Immaculate Heart by praying the prayer publicly at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Houston. I invite each of you to join me in praying that Prayer of Consecration at the conclusion of Sunday Mass on October 15. Offer it for yourselves and for your families, end especially for the growth and flourishing of our Ordinariate communities. May the virtues of Mary’s Immaculate Heart be born in each of us for the greater glory of God, the building-up of the Church, and the spread of the Gospel!”

The Consecration began with the lighting of the Pascal Candle.

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We all prayed the following Consecration Prayer composed by Saint Pope John Paul II:

Pope Saint John Paul II’s

Prayer of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

“We have recourse to your protection, holy Mother of God.”

O Mother of individuals and peoples, you who “know all their sufferings and their hopes”, you who have a mother’s awareness of all the struggles between good and evil, between light and darkness, which afflict the modern world, accept the cry which we, as though moved by the Holy Spirit, address directly to your Heart. Embrace, with the love of the Mother and Handmaid, this human world of ours, which we entrust and consecrate to you, for we are full of disquiet for the earthly and eternal destiny of individuals and peoples.

In a special way we entrust and consecrate to you those individuals and nations which particularly need to be entrusted and consecrated.

We have recourse to your protection, holy Mother of God: reject not the prayers we send up to you in our necessities.
Reject them not!
Accept our humble trust and our act of entrusting!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (Jn 3:16).

It was precisely by reason of this love that the Son of God consecrated himself for all mankind: “And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be consecrated in truth” (Jn 17:19).

By reason of that consecration the disciples of all ages are called to spend themselves for the salvation of the world, and to supplement Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is the Church (cf. 2 Cor 12:15; Col 1:24).

Before you, Mother of Christ, before your Immaculate Heart, I today, together with the whole Church, unite myself with our Redeemer in this his consecration for the world and for people, which only in his divine Heart has the power to obtain pardon and to secure reparation.

The power of this consecration lasts for all time and embraces all individuals, peoples and nations. It overcomes every evil that the spirit of darkness is able to awaken, and has in fact awakened in our times, in the heart of man and in his history.

Oh, how deeply we feel the need for consecration on the part of humanity and of the world—our modern world—in union with Christ himself! The redeeming work of Christ, in fact, must be shared in by the world by means of the Church.

Oh, how pained we are by all the things in the Church and in each one of us that are opposed to holiness and consecration! How pained we are that the invitation to repentance, to conversion, to prayer, has not met with the acceptance that it should have received!

How pained we are that many share so coldly in Christ’s work of Redemption! That “what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions” is so insufficiently completed in our flesh.

And so, blessed be all those souls that obey the call of eternal Love! Blessed be all those who, day after day, with undiminished generosity accept your invitation, O Mother, to do what your Jesus tells them (cf. Jn 2:5) and give the Church and the world a serene testimony of lives inspired by the Gospel.

Above all blessed be you, the Handmaid of the Lord, who in the fullest way obey the divine call!

Hail to you, who are wholly united to the redeeming consecration of your Son!

Mother of the Church! Enlighten the People of God along the paths of faith, of hope and love! Help us to live with the whole truth of the consecration of Christ for the entire human family of the modern world.

In entrusting to you, O Mother, the world, all individuals and peoples, we also entrust to you the consecration itself, for the world’s sake, placing it in your motherly Heart.

Oh, Immaculate Heart! Help us to conquer the menace of evil, which so easily takes root in the hearts of the people of today, and whose immeasurable effects already weigh down upon our modern world and seem to block the paths towards the future!

From famine and war, deliver us.

From nuclear war, from incalculable self-destruction, from every kind of war, deliver us.

From sins against the life of man from its very beginning, deliver us.

From hatred and from the demeaning of the dignity of the children of God, deliver us.

From every kind of injustice in the life of society, both national and international, deliver us.

From readiness to trample on the commandments of God, deliver us.

From attempts to stifle in human hearts the very truth of God, deliver us.

From sins against the Holy Spirit, deliver us, deliver us.

Accept, O Mother of Christ, this cry laden with the sufferings of all individual human beings, laden with the sufferings of whole societies.

Let there be revealed, once more, in the history of the world your infinite power of merciful Love. May it put a stop to evil. May it transform consciences. May your Immaculate Heart reveal for all the light of Hope.

Amen.

IMG_20171015_105455After the Consecration,  Fr Doug Hayman blessed all of us in the congregation with holy water.

Then, our priests and altar party processed outdoors to bless the statue of Our Lady that mysteriously appeared a few weeks ago in our garden.

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The Syrian refugee family our parish as co-sponsored with the neighboring Roman Catholic parish St. George’s visited this morning and attended our Mass.

The church was full of the musical sounds of children today.

We had our annual Thanksgiving Dinner after Mass, which as usual was a sumptuous feast.

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4 Responses to Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary –Oh Happy Day!

  1. Austin Cooke says:

    This may seem to be a picky comment, but should the liturgical colour not be rose for feasts of Saint Mary in Canada? The use of blue, I somehow recall, was intended to be restricted to Spain and its former dominions (so the southern half of Vancouver Island).

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    • Rev22:17 says:

      Catholic liturgical law prescribes only the background color of liturgical vestments. Ornamentation may be in any color. There may be some variation in the Divine Worship liturgy, but the normal prescription of the Roman Rite essentially requires the following colors.

      >> White is used in the seasons of Christmas and Easter, festivals of the Lord (including Epiphany), the Blessed Sacrament, and the Holy Trinity, All Saints Day, festivals of saints who are not martyrs (including the virgin Mary), the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, and for most ritual masses (baptism, marriage, ordination, Mass of Christian Burial, etc.).

      >> Red is used on Good Friday, on festivals of the Holy Spirit, and on festivals of martyrs.

      >> Violet is used during the seasons of Advent and Lent and on All Souls Day. It may also be used for masses of the dead. In the Tridentine liturgy and the Divine Worship forms of the Roman Rite, it is also used on the three Sundays before Ash Wednesday (designated Septuagesima, Sexagesima, and Quinquagesima).

      >> Green is used on days that don’t fit into any of the above categories (essentially, “Ordinary Time” which falls between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday and after Pentecost).

      The following colors are optional.

      >> Gold may be used in lieu of White, Red, or Green.

      >> Silver may be used in lieu of White.

      >> Rose may be used in lieu of Violet on the Third Sunday of Advent and on the Fourth Sunday of Lent.

      >> Black may be used in lieu of Violet on All Souls Day and in masses for the dead.

      >> Vestments made from superior fabrics (silk, satin, brocade, velvet, etc.) may be worn on major festivals and for ritual masses, regardless of their color.

      There is no specific provision for blue vestments, but two of these provisions do to allow vestments that most people would regard as blue.

      >> (1) “Violet” is NOT a synonym for “purple.” The prescription of “violet” vestments admits deeper shades of blue (midnight, Navy, etc.) that fall within the definition of “violet.” In particular, a shade known as Saram (yes, the same “Saram” as the “Saram Rite”), which is the more ancient tradition for Advent, falls within this provision/

      >> (2) The option for vestments made from superior fabrics allows superior fabrics in any shade of blue.

      It’s also possible for vestments to have so much ornamentation that the color of the base fabric is not the dominant color perceived by an observer.

      Of course, particular law enacted by an episcopal conference or particular law of the Divine Worship form of the Roman Rite may authorize, or even prescribe, deviations from standard use.

      That said, the vestments in the photos embedded in the OP are white with blue trim, and thus conform to this use.

      Norm.

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    • Someone more knowledgeable than I please correct me, but these vestments would be considered white, with the blue trim signifying the Blessed Virgin Mary. We use rose vestments twice a year, once during Advent and once during Lent. I believe the liturgical color for the Sunday in question was green, but for the consecration the priests changed into the white vestments with blue trim.

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      • Rev22:17 says:

        The vestments are indeed white, with blue trim. The color of trim has no particular significance and is not prescribed in Catholic liturgical law.

        White vestments certainly would be appropriate for a Marian consecration. If the consecration were during the mass, the white vestments also could be worn for the mass itself as the mass during which such a consecration occurs is a ritual mass.

        Norm.

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