Momentous Occasion as Scotland is Consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Scotland has been consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, our Mother, and the Mother of God.
The historic event took place on Sunday at the national shrine Carfin Grotto, where thousands of Catholic faithful gathered to witness Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of the Archdiocese of Glasgow say the prayer of consecration (full text below) during Holy Mass. Bishop John Keenan of Paisley, Bishop William Nolan of Galloway and Bishop Brian McGee of Argyll and the Isles were also in attendance alongside many priests, deacons and religious.
Prior to the consecration Archbishop Tartaglia remarked that the event had caught the attention of the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government, and a prayer was offered up for Scotland’s politicians and political establishments.
During his homily, Bishop Brian McGee challenged the entire Catholic community of Scotland, of which there is around 842,000, to consecrate themselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to then lead by example for others to follow. In this way we can emulate the shepherd children of Fatima who, one hundred years on, are still remembered for their unconditional love and devotion to God. They, like Mary, were unequivocal in saying ‘yes’ to God. We are challenged to do the same.
But what does it all mean for Scotland? In short, it means that Scotland stands to benefit from thousands of souls devoted to Christ praying and working for the common good of our country.
The Catholic people of Scotland have been challenged to commit themselves to love of God and love of neighbour, to build a culture of love and mercy. Renewed by this Catholic commitment to the common good our country shall have a bright and prosperous future as she rests peacefully in the loving heart of Mary, our Mother.
Our country has been truly blessed.
The full text of the prayer of consecration:
Queen of heaven and earth, and tender Mother of all people, in accordance with your ardent wish, made known to the three children at Fatima, we consecrate to your Immaculate Heart our beloved country of Scotland.
We stand confidently before you today, O Holy Mother of God. Inflame us with the same divine fire which enflamed your own Immaculate Heart. Reign over us and teach us how to make the Heart of Jesus reign and triumph in us and around us, as it has reigned and triumphed in you. Make our country and its people, your shrine, O Holy Mother of God, so that we may be yours in prosperity and adversity, in joy and sorrow, in health and sickness, in life and death.
We consecrate Scotland to you: all that we have, all that we love, all that we are. To you we give our minds and hearts, our bodies and souls. We willingly place at your service our homes and our families, our parishes and schools. We desire that everything that is within us, and around us, may belong to you, O Mary.
That this consecration may be truly efficacious and lasting, we renew this day the promises of our Baptism and our Confirmation – to be faithful witnesses to the Good News of Jesus Christ.
We pledge ourselves to foster a true love of the Mass, and devotion to the Real Presence of your Son in the Blessed Sacrament. We pledge ourselves to keep the commandments of God and his Holy Church. We undertake to promote in our homes and parishes a virtuous life. We pledge ourselves to recite the Rosary more frequently, and to make reparation for the coldness and indifference of so many human hearts.
Finally, we promise, O glorious Mother of God, to devote ourselves whole-heartedly to the service of your blessed name, in order to assure, through the sovereignty of your Immaculate Heart, the coming of the kingdom of your son Jesus Christ, in our own hearts and in the country of Scotland.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.