This Wednesday 25th March is the feast of the Annunciation, one of the most solemn feasts of the year when we rejoice in the Incarnation of Jesus Christ in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On this day, salvation came to our world. This year of 2020, the Annunciation is especially important as our world is threatened by the pandemic. Already by God’s Providence, the Bishops of England and Wales had chosen this date for the Rededication of England to Our Lady, to be followed by a solemn ceremony in our cathedrals, shrines, and churches at 12 noon on Sunday 29th March. Now, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Church is inviting all nations (and not just England) to be consecrated to Our Lady of the Rosary in Fatima on the 25th of March.
So this Wednesday, pray this Act of Consecration to Our Lady. 25 March is the day of your personal consecration to Mary.
Virgin Mary, most powerful Mother of Mercy, Queen of Heaven and earth, in accordance with your wish made known at Fatima, I consecrate myself today to your Immaculate Heart. To you I entrust all that I have, all that I am. Reign over me, dearest Mother, that I may be yours in prosperity, in adversity, in joy and in sorrow, in health and in sickness, in life and in death.Most compassionate Heart of Mary, Queen of Virgins, watch over my mind and heart and preserve me from the deluge of impurity which you lamented so sorrowfully at Fatima. I want to be pure like you. I want to atone for the many crimes committed against Jesus and you. I want to call down upon this country and the whole world the peace of God in justice and charity.Mindful of this consecration, I now promise to strive to imitate you by the practice of the Christian virtues without regard for human respect. I resolve to receive Holy Communion on the first Saturday of every month when possible, and to offer daily five decades of the Rosary, with all my sacrifices in the spirit of penance and reparation. Amen.
And then, on 29th March, we in England shall have our communal rededication to Mary at 12 noon. In your homes, wherever you are during this national lock-down, gather as a family, as a household, and pray this prayer together:
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, I renew my consecration to you and to your Immaculate Heart. Please accept me, my dear Mother, and use me as you wish to accomplish your designs upon the world. I am all yours, my Mother, my Queen, and all that I have is yours.