Consecration of Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
25 March 2020
We beseech and pray thee, holy Mary, to accept today the total and irrevocable consecration of Ireland and, in particular, of ourselves, of this our monastery, of its land and of all its resources to thy maternal and immaculate Heart. Let the power of thy intercession envelop this island on all sides; let thy protecting mantle cover it from east to west and from north to south. Open thou thy grace–dispensing hands over Ireland: let mercy fall upon us like a gentle rain to soften every heart hardened against thy Son and against His bride, the Church.
O thou whom the Archangel Gabriel greeted as Full of Grace in the joyful mystery of thy Annunciation, Thou who art blessed among women, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in battle array, preserve us from the ravages of the virus that is stalking the world. Bring healing and comfort to the afflicted. To those who care for the sick and minister to their needs, give strength and courage. Turn this hour of peril into an hour of grace. Deliver Ireland and the whole world not only from this and every deadly plague, but also from the pernicious encroachments of the culture of death, from the deceptions of materialism, and from all of Satan’s temptations and empty promises.
Immaculate Queen of Ireland, who at Knock didst deign to manifest thy unfailing intercession in a mysterious silence, visit us again in these dark days of a great hunger, not for bread, but for the Word of God, and draw all who dwell in this island to the altars of the Lamb who was slain, there to be nourished with the living Bread come down from heaven, in the brightness of the one true faith that confesses, now as always, the glory of the Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.