Sunday, November 19, 2017

Immaculate Heart Consecration

ARCHDIOCESE CONSECRATED TO IMMACULATE HEART: Archbishop Leo Cushley has consecrated the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Fatima, Portugal, upon the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance there to three local shepherd children.

“In this centenary year it seemed appropriate to consecrate the whole diocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and where better place to do it but in the shade of where the tree used to stand where Our Lady appeared to the little shepherds – it was a beautiful and a very moving thing for me to be able to do,” said Archbishop Cushley, who is currently leading an Archdiocesan pilgrimage to Fatima.

The consecration came at the conclusion of Holy Mass for pilgrims from across the world 20 October during which Archbishop Cushley, along with several other members of the clergy from the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh, had been given the great honour of being principal celebrants.

The Mass was offered within the Chapel of Apparitions, the exact location of the Marian apparitions which took place between the 13 May to the 13 October, 1917, when the Virgin Mary appeared to three local shepherd children; Francisco de Jesus Marto, his sister Jacinta de Jesus Marto and their cousin Lúcia Santos.

Our Lady told them of a coming upheaval in the world, linked especially to Russia, which would cause terrible suffering. She also reminded the children of the danger of hell, and asked them to pray the rosary and make sacrifices for sinners.

During the third apparition, on July 13, 1917, Our Lady said to the three little shepherds that God wished to establish the devotion to her Immaculate Heart in the world in order to save souls from hell and bring about world peace, and also asked for the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart.

An act of consecration to Mary is essentially an act of consecration to Jesus through Mary. “Consecration to the Mother of God,” explained Venerable Pope Pius XII in 1942, “is a total gift of self, for the whole of life and for all eternity; and a gift which is not a mere formality or sentimentality, but effectual, comprising the full intensity of the Christian life – Marian life.” This consecration, the Pope explained, “tends essentially to union with Jesus, under the guidance of Mary.” Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for Us.