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Canada to be re-consecrated to Mary

By Agnieszka Krawczynski



Photo Caption: A travelling statue of Our Lady will be displayed in several parishes in July, in honour of the re-consecration of Canada to the Blessed Virgin to celebrate Canada's 150 anniversary. (flickr.com)

Catholic bishops across the country are gearing up to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday by re-consecrating the nation to Mary.

“We place ourselves, our loved ones, and our country under the protective mantle of Our Lady,” the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops wrote in a document ahead of the occasion.

“The consecration of Canada to Our Lady will enrich our faith, allow a more abundant outpouring of God’s spiritual and temporal gifts on us, and enable us even more to fulfill our calling and mission.”

In Vancouver, Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, will lead the consecration at Holy Rosary Cathedral Sunday, July 2, at 11 a.m.

The consecration has great meaning in the Archdiocese of Vancouver, which is dedicated to our Lady under the title of Queen of the Holy Rosary,” said Father John Horgan, pastor of St. Pius X Parish.

The dedication is a personal call to everyone to renew their own faith commitments. “We may consecrate a church building or dedicate a place or an association to a particular title, but the consecration of human persons is meant to be lived.”

Canada was first consecrated to Mary at a National Marian Congress in Ottawa in 1947, and then again in 1954 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Cape near Trois-Rivieres.

Father Horgan said placing the nation under her protection again, decades later, is a good idea. “We renew that consecration,” just as we renew our baptismal promises, he said.

Canada’s 150th birthday is not the only big milestone of 2017; this year is the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima.

Barbara Dowding, archdiocesan vice-chancellor, said all parishes are asked to join in the consecration on or near Canada Day at weekend Masses. “This consecration is meant to remind people that we’re all consecrated to God, and that Mary, Our Mother, was the first bearer of the good news. We can relate to her as the Mother of the Church.”

Dioceses across the country will also renew the consecration on or near Canada Day, as will the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops during their annual plenary meeting in September.

akrawczynski@rcav.org


Travelling Statue

In honour of Canada’s consecration to Mary, a travelling statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be on display at several local churches. Some parishes may also host talks or Eucharistic adoration during this time.

1. June 30 – July 2: Immaculate Conception, Delta
2. July 3: St. Pius X, North Vancouver
3. July 4: St. Francis Xavier, Vancouver
4. July 8: St. Mary’s, Vancouver
5. July 9: St. Paul’s, North Vancouver

 

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 26 June 2017 13:42  

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