Ireland will be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on August
15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The
consecration will take place at Knock Shrine, during the annual Novena
to Our Lady of Knock.
Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland
will lead the Act of Consecration. Archbishop Eamon Martin, Coadjutor
Archbishop of Armagh will be the principal celebrant and preacher at the
Mass on that day. Bishops, priests and people from across the country
will be in attendance.
The Prayer of Consecration will entrust families, homes and the
dioceses of Ireland to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary and
call on her to watch over the young people of Ireland. As the universal
Church is currently celebrating a Year of Faith, it is fitting that the
Act of Consecration calls to mind the woman of faith par excellence and
asks for her prayers for the people of this country.
Commenting ahead of the Consecration Cardinal Brady said: "In his
recent encyclical for the Year of Faith, Pope Francis invited us to turn
to Mary, Mother of the Church and Mother of our Faith. I am very
pleased that the Irish Catholic Bishops decided at their June meeting to
consecrate Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. I am looking
forward to being at our National Shrine in Knock on the 15 August to ask
Mary's maternal blessing on the people of Ireland. The Feast of the
Assumption is one of the biggest days of the year in Knock, with
bishops, priests and people present for the opening of the Novena. I
invite the people of Ireland to come along to Knock on the day or to
join in this beautiful devotional act by praying the prayer of
entrustment in their homes and parish churches."