Call to Prayer:
Pray the Lord’s Prayer 25th March
Act of Consecration 25th March
Urbi et Orbi Blessing 27th March
Noon 25th March
Pope Francis has extended an invitation to people all over the world to pray the Lord’s Prayer at noon March 25th
Also at noon on March 25th, the Feast of the Annunciation, Archbishop Eamon Martin will join with bishops and priests from all over the island of Ireland in consecrating the people of Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for strength and protection from the Coronavirus, Covid-19. They will lead the Consecration from their homes, cathedrals and churches across the country. The faithful are invited to join them from their home, via webcam to participate in this Act of Consecration.
The Prayer of Consecration is as follows:
Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and Health of the Sick,
at this time of great challenge to our country from the coronavirus,
we consecrate to Jesus through your Immaculate Heart:
ourselves, our family, the members of our parish and Diocese, and the people of Ireland.
O Mary, Queen of Ireland, when you appeared at Knock,
you gave hope to your people in a time of distress,
and brought them comfort in a time of sorrow.
Be with us now as a sign of salvation and hope,
as we entrust ourselves to your loving care.
We renew the promises of our Baptism and Confirmation
and ask your intercession that we may be always faithful to Christ and to His Church.
Bring under your mantle of protection all those who are suffering because of the coronavirus, and those who care for the sick and minister to their needs, as your Son implores us to do for one another.
O Loving Mother,
at the foot of the Cross, with steadfast faith,
your Immaculate Heart was pierced by grief at the suffering of your Son.
You know what we need during these difficult days.
Help us, O Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us –
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection.
O Blessed Mother, Our Life, our Sweetness and Our Hope, we wish that this Consecration be for the glory of God and that it lead us safely to Jesus your Son.
A Naomh-Mhuire, a Mháthair Dé, guigh orainn na peacaigh, anois agus ar uair ár mbáis.
18.00 Rome-time 27th March
Extraordinary Urbi et Orbi Blessing
Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis has announced that he will give an extraordinary blessing to the world, “urbi et orbi”. The formal blessing is usually given only immediately after a new pope’s election, at Christmas and Easter.
Archbishop Eamon Martin welcomes Friday’s extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing by Pope Francis.
Blessing to be broadcast live by RTÉ News Now Friday 27th March @ 5.00pm
Pope Francis’ blessing will be an opportunity to avail ourselves of Divine Grace.
Archbishop Eamon Martin says “I encourage everyone to watch this special broadcast”