Monday, November 20, 2006


On Saturday, November 11th, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, officiated at the renewal of our country’s consecration to the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Many Bishops and Priests and scores of Christ’s faithful also participated. In times of peril, we Catholics have always sought the protection and the intercession of Our Blessed Mother.
Indeed, our times are perilous. Wars, violence both domestic and international, drugs, drunkenness, abortion, pornography and countless other dangers are the order of the day. All of these vices have had, in varying degrees, their venomous effect on all. Broken lives and families are far too common. To shield us from these evils, we pray in the words of Saint Bernard: “We fly to thy protection, O Virgin of virgins, Our Mother!”
The following is the prayer for the renewal of the consecration of the United States to its Patroness, the Immaculate Conception:
“Most holy Trinity: Our Father in heaven, who chose Mary as the fairest of your daughters; Holy Spirit, who chose Mary as your spouse; God the Son, who chose Mary as your mother; in union with Mary, we adore your majesty and acknowledge Your supreme, eternal dominion and authority.
“Most holy Trinity, we put the United States of America into the hands of Mary Immaculate in order that she may present the country to you. Through her we wish to thank you for the great resources of this land and for the freedom, which has been its heritage. Through the intercession of Mary, have mercy on the Catholic Church in America. Grant us peace. Have mercy on our president and on all the officers of our government. Grant us a fruitful economy born of justice and charity. Have mercy on capital and industry and labor. Protect the family life of the nation. Guard the precious gift of many religious vocations. Through the intercession of our mother, have mercy on the sick, the poor, the tempted, sinners - - - on all who are in need.
“Mary, Immaculate Virgin, our mother, patroness of our land, we praise you and honor you and give our country and ourselves to your sorrowful and immaculate heart. O’ sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary pierced by the sword of sorrow prophesized by Simeon save us from degeneration, disaster and war. Protect us from all harm. O’ Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, you who bore the sufferings of your Son in the depths of your heart be our advocate. Pray for us, that acting always according to your will and the will of your divine son, we may live and die pleasing to God. Amen.”
What a wonderful prayer! Perhaps we should incorporate it into our daily prayers each day. “For never was it know that anyone who sought her protection, implored her help or sought her intercession was left unaided!”
Father Richard J. Rego, S.T.L.


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