To quote Dom Guéranger; “the anniversary of the most solemn event ever witnessed. On this day, the Divine Word, by which the Father created the world, was made flesh in the womb of a Virgin and dwelt among us”
On Friday, March 25th, All of humanity and especially Russia and Ukraine will be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Rome by Pope Francis. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will also participate, along with all the bishops of the world.
We too, priests and faithful, are encouraged to participate, around Noon this Friday. Here is a copy of the Consecration Prayer:
In an apparition on July 13, 1917 in Fatima, Portugal, Our Lady told three children that God would “punish the world for its crimes through war, hunger and persecution of the Church and the Holy Father. […] To prevent this, I will come to ask 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, it will spread its errors throughout the world, promoting wars and persecutions; the good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated; in the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, which will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.”
O God, who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in knowledge of whom standeth our eternal life, whose service is perfect freedom; defend us thy humble servants in all assaults of our enemies, that we, surely trusting in thy defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries, through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
— The Collect for Peace, BCP Morning Prayer
PrayerБОЖЕ, творче мира, що любиш злагоду, в пізнанню тебе маємо вічне життя наше, а в служєнню тобі маємо повну волю: Борони нас, смиренних слуг твоїх від воронжих нападів, щоб ми, упевнившись на твою оборону, не настрашились ніяких напасників; у Христі Ісусі Господі нашім. Аміиь.
— Ukrainian translation of the Collect for Peace (Cambridge University Press, 1926)
7:15 a.m. Holy Mass of the Feast
11:00 a.m. Holy Mass of the Feast with sermon
11:50 a.m. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Litany of Our Lady of Loreto
12:00 Noon Recitation of the Holy Rosary, Confessions
12:30 p.m. Consecration Prayers – Russia and the Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, simultaneous to prayers offered by the Holy Father in Rome, Bishop Zinkula here in Davenport, Fr Nicholas at St Alphonsus, Dav. and Fr Paul at St Peter’s, Buffalo
12:45 Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and repose, after silent prayer for peace.
Devotions and Confessions to follow
Our next “Solemn High Mass” – the first we will offer since coming to Holy Family in July – will be on Friday, March 19th at 6:00 p.m. The Feast of St Joseph – Patron of the Universal Church and Terror of Demons. 2021 is the papal Year of St Joseph. Celebrant and preacher will be the Rev’d Father Scott Lemaster. Reception to follow – tentative.