Consecration of England and Wales to the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Please sign this petition to consecrate England and Wales to the Sacred heart and Immaculate heart of Mary! We desperately need to be steered away from the course that we are on. I am not going to give up on my country and leave to go somewhere else. I intend to stay here and try do something but we need divine intervention too…

I know that a petition doesn’t solve all problems, but it is a start. If the petition gets lots of signatures, perhaps the bishops will take notice.

The Bishops of Ireland have already decided to consecrate Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. I suppose this petition is a little different as it includes the Sacred Heart too.

I got this link from Fr Finigan’s blog The Hermeneutic of Continuity. As Fr has said, let’s continue to pray for our Bishops…

Taken from the Irish website ‘Steering Committee for the National Consecration of Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary’ (SCNCI),

What is the difference between entrustment and consecration?

Entrustment of a person, the Church or a nation whether done by a priest, bishop, Cardinal or an entire Bishops’ Conference is an ecclesiastical act which places the welfare and hence the spiritual and material needs of the person, Church or nation into the hands of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Consecration goes much further because the word literally means “to be set aside for a sacred purpose” just as when a religious brother, priest or sister is consecrated to God for special service. He or she will not only receive all they need spiritually and materially but more than that they are consecrated to God’s special service in His Divine plan. This was the case when the Portuguese Bishops abandoned themselves to the care of the Mother of God and consecrated their nation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1931 and for their faith they were immediately blessed with a threefold renewal of Church, State and economy and became the mouthpiece for the message of Fatima to the whole world as a result. Consecration therefore is not just an emphasis on the person, Church or nation’s needs alone but on it fulfilling a particular mission according to the will of God which only it can fulfill…

What is the difference between a consecration to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary and consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary?

The devotion of Our Lady of Sorrows occurs the day after the feastday of Exaltation of the Holy Cross on September 15th. It was extended from the Servite Order to the whole Church by Pope Pius VII in 1814 on the third Sunday in September and then moved to September 15th by Pope Pius X. Properly understood this feastday commemorates the sorrows of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary as she stood at the foot of the cross of the crucified Christ the head of the Church. The devotion of the seven sorrows of Mary recounts the sufferings of Christ from Mary’s point of view and reminds us of her own sufferings as mother of the Church and the sevenfold operation of her Divine spouse the Holy spirit in her soul throughout Our Lord’s passion. Some theologians teach that without Mary’s free fiat of “Let it be done to me according to thy word” God would not have worked the incarnation and others go as far as to say that without her perfect faith at the foot of the cross He would not have worked the resurrection. As such the intercession of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary belongs in a particular way to the sufferings of the Church, Christ’s mystical body on earth, especially the Irish Church at this time to bring her to her resurrection and renewal. This relationship of the suffering Church to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary is a key point for any Episcopal enstrustment of the Irish [or, in this case, English and WelshChurch. Consecration of individuals and nations to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the other hand was specifically requested by Our Lady of Fatima in 1917 as the remedy for the loss of souls and fallen away nations. The two devotions, although different, are complimentary in the special help they bring from God through Mary to the Church and the State.

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6 thoughts on “Consecration of England and Wales to the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary

  1. A few necessary clarifications:

    1. Mary’s Faith was not her own work but the gift of God – this is why she is hailed by the Angel as “full of grace” (other translations give this as “highly favoured” but the actual idea behind it is the same). This is in line with St Paul’s teaching in Ephesians 2:8. St Augustine takes the same view. If Mary worked her way to God’s favour what was the point of the Cross? If the Lord “became sin” then why was he born of a woman not conceived in sin? If the light shined in the darkness “and the darkness comprehended it not” then why would Our Lord need to be born of a sinless Mother?

    2. The “Immaculate Conception” is, strictly, not a Catholic doctrine as it has no grounding in Scripture and there is no consensus on it from the Church Fathers. That Roman Catholics were free to disagree on the matter until the mid-nineteenth century also suggests a lack of catholicity. Even the Angelic Doctor himself denied it.

    3. What is expected from this petition?

    4. Are you saying here that the Virgin Mary is the Spouse of the Holy Spirit? Or are you saying the Church is the Spouse of the Spirit? Both are incorrect – the Spouse of the Church is Christ. It is important not to conflate the Persons of the Trinity.

    Some of that “art” is enough to turn the average mild-mannered Englishman into an iconoclast.

    • You are welcome to your opinions, but your points are not clarifications since yours is a heretical point of view. Please feel free to give your thoughts on what I post, but unless your thoughts are in line with Church teaching, which they are not, they are not a clarification but rather a misguided (though, I’m sure, well-meaning) departure from the truth.

      I’m sorry that you cannot appreciate Our Lady or religious art which expresses the beauty of a woman with a perfect resignation to the Divine Will. Who knows why you dislike the picture of the Sacred Heart! I do not pretend to understand Anglicans since every one seems to think something different and no one can give me a definitive answer regarding what the Anglican church teaches.

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