In celebrating the Marian Day in the Year of Faith, the Filipino faithful recited the "Act of Consecration of the Filipino People to the Immaculate Heart of Mary" last Sunday Mass, October 13, 2013 and joined the Holy Father, Pope Francis in entrusting the whole world to the Our Lady of Fatima.
|Pope Francis incenses the official statue of|
Our Lady of Fatima during Mass
on St. Peter Square. October 13, 2013.
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|Immaculate Heart of Mary|
Parish of the Last Supper of Our Lord
Act of Consecration of the Filipino People to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Beloved Mother of Jesus, and our Mother, trustingly we gather before you. We lay before you all the longing and hopes, sufferings and anxieties of all our people. To your Immaculate Heart we raise from our hearts this Act of Entrustment and Consecration. Embrace us, dear Mother, and gather each one of us within your saving mantle, take us within your motherly love.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, we seek to unite ourselves with the consecration which Jesus the Son made to His heavenly Father on the night before He gave His life for us, when He prayed: "For their sakes I consecrate myself, that they also may be consecrated in truth." (John 17:19) His consecration obtains pardon and mercy and secures redemption for all sinners and from all sin. Its power overcomes every evil which the powers of darkness awaken in human hearts throughout history. It joins us in His heart to make us one in the grace of His Paschal Mystery.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, your heart is most wholly united with your Son's redeeming consecration. As we entrust ourselves to you, help us to live in truth Jesus' consecration, faithfully each day. Deliver us from the power of sin, in all its forms and manifestations, in personal and social living. Help us strive to raise up in our land a civilization of solidarity, justice and love, by the grace of the Spirit of Jesus.
May the infinite power of the merciful love of God, through motherly intercession, be revealed in our history as a people. May it change our hearts to the likeness of the Pierced Heart of Jesus, and the likeness of your own Immaculate Heart.
By this consecration, may we become ever more truly, "pueblo amante de Maria", a people which loves you mightily in its own heart, a people you make each day ever more your own, held securely and cherished in your Immaculate Heart. AMEN. AMEN.