Scotland is to be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the first time.
This act of consecration will be carried out by the country’s bishops at the national Marian shrine at Carfin on Sunday 3rd September, in this, the centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima.
The Programme of Events is as follows:
Sat 2nd September
Vigil in Preparation.
7.00pm Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Mysteries of the Holy Rosary on the Hour (7.00, 8.00. 9.00, 10.00pm)
Light refreshments will be available in the centre during the evening.
Sun 3rd September
National Pilgrimage and Solemn Act of Consecration.
3.00pm Holy Mass with Consecration
5.00pm Rosary and Benediction.
O 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 Mother of Fair Love. Inflame us with the same divine fire which inflamed 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, 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 all that is in us and around us may belong to you, O Mary, and may share in the benefits of your motherly care.
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 pledge ourselves to promote in our homes and parishes the practice of 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 you, 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 adorable Son Jesus Christ, in our own hearts and in our country of Scotland. Amen.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.