Sunday, June 09, 2002

Received the following email from CatholiCity dot Com. Thought I'd share it with everyone...

RE: Consecration of America for U.S. Catholic Bishops Meeting

June 8 through June 17th, 2002

Dear Friend,

Please join me and countless Catholics around the world by praying for our bishops and reconsecrating America to Immaculate Mary during the week of June 8 through June 17th. Please pray with us this very minute and please forward this to everyone you know.

The Catholic Church needs your help right now as the bishops of the United States prepare to meet in Dallas next week. If you pray this prayer with all your heart and forward it to your Christian friends around the world, the future of the Catholic Church in America will change forever.

(The prayer below is adapted from one used by August Cardinal Hlond of Poland in 1946 when he renewed Our Lady as patroness of Poland as originally done on 1656 by King Casimir. Our own bishops formally consecrated the United States to Immaculate Mary as our Patroness in the mid-1800s.)

"In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit...

"Immaculate Mary, most Holy Mother of God and of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we the people of the United States of America at this historic moment stand before you in a humbled condition of love, loyalty, affection, and thankfulness. To your Immaculate Heart we recommit and dedicate ourselves throughout the entire American nation. To your Son Jesus Christ we pledge to serve His teaching, His church, and to work for His kingdom on earth. O Mary, to you do we flee for protection. Surround the American family with your maternal care; enfold us in your arms. Give to this American land, built on the blood and tears of so many faithful forebears, a peaceful and praiseworthy existence in truth, love, justice, and freedom. O Mary, we submit to you as the Patroness of our beloved country. O Mary, Help of Christians, enfold the Holy Father and the Catholic Church within your protective cloak; be our shield in the days ahead. Give to the Church true holiness and freedom. Obtain for our leaders holy zeal, the ability to face the truth, and the courage to correct all abuses. Stop the flood of atheism, greed, heresy, impurity, lukewarmness, materialism, and selfishness that threaten our nation. Show to those who have strayed from the Church the way to Our Lord Jesus Christ. Mother of God, accept our personal consecration to you and, through you, bind us forever to the Holy Trinity. Gather us all into your Immaculate Heart and unite us forever with Jesus. O Mary, we love you. Amen."

(Thank you for joining us in prayer. Please forward this to everyone you know. God bless!)

So please, join us in prayer.

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