We entrust, O Mary, and consecrate the whole world to your Immaculate Heart!
"We fly to thy protection, holy Mother of God."
As I utter the words of this antiphon with which the Church of Christ has prayed for centuries, [I, along with all who are with me in prayer at this hour, are one with our Holy Father Pope Francis and the whole Catholic people in renewing the consecration of the world to your Immaculate Heart.]
O Mother of all men and women and of all peoples, you "know all their sufferings-and their hopes", you who have a mother's awareness of all the struggles between good and evil, between light and darkness, which afflict the modern world; accept the cry which we, as though moved by the Holy Spirit, address directly to your Heart. Embrace, with the love of the Mother and Handmaid, this human world of ours, which we entrust and consecrate to you, for we are full of disquiet for the earthly and eternal destiny of individuals and peoples.
Indeed, we entrust and consecrate to you those individuals and nations which particularly need to be entrusted and consecrated. In particular we entrust and consecrate to you the clergy, religious and faithful of the Church in the Archdiocese of Detroit. Likewise, we are mindful of all our neighbors, and so we entrust and consecrate to you the City of Detroit, this Metropolitan Area and all the six counties of Southeast Michigan.
"We fly to your protection, holy Mother of God: despise not our petitions in our necessities.” Reject them not! Accept our humble trust-and our act of entrusting!
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life" (Jn 3:16).
It was precisely by reason of this love that the Son of God consecrated himself for all mankind: "And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be consecrated in truth" (In 17:19). By reason of that consecration the disciples of all ages are called to spend themselves for the salvation of the world, and to supplement Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is the Church (cf. 2 Cor 12:15; Col 1:24).
Before you, Mother of Christ, before your Immaculate Heart, we here today, in communion with the whole Church, have, through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, united ourselves with our Redeemer in this his consecration for the world and for all who dwell it, which only in his divine Heart can obtain pardon and secure reparation.
The power of this consecration, manifested most wonderfully in the Most Blessed Sacrament, lasts for all time and embraces all individuals, peoples and nations. It overcomes every evil that the spirit of darkness is able to awaken, and has in fact awakened in our times, in the heart of man and in his history.
Oh, how deeply we feel the need for consecration on the part of humanity and of the world-our modern world-in union with Christ himself! The redeeming work of Christ, in fact, must be shared in by the world by means of the Church.
Oh, how pained we are by all the things in the Church and in each one of us that are opposed to holiness and consecration! How pained we are that the invitation to repentance, to conversion, to prayer, has not met with the acceptance that it should have received! How pained we are that many share so coldly in Christ's work of Redemption! That "what is lacking in Christ's afflictions" is so insufficiently completed in our flesh.
And so, blessed be all those souls that obey the call of eternal Love! Blessed be all those who, day after day, with undiminished generosity accept your invitation, O Mother, to do what your Jesus tells them (cf. Jn 2:5) and give the Church and the world a serene testimony of lives inspired by the Gospel Above all blessed be you, the Handmaid of the Lord, who in the fullest way obey the divine call! Hail to you, who are wholly united to the redeeming consecration of your Son!
Mother of the Church! Dearest Mother of this Local Church of Detroit! Enlighten the People of God along the paths of faith, of hope and love! Help us to live with the whole truth of the consecration of Christ for the entire human family of the modern world. Pray to Holy Spirit for us, to obtain the gifts and graces we need to become a Church on mission, committed anew to unleash the Gospel.
Oh, Immaculate Heart! Help us to conquer the menace of evil, which so easily takes root in the hearts of the people of today, and whose immeasurable effects already weigh down upon our modern world and seem to block the paths towards the future!
From famine and war, deliver us.
From nuclear war, from incalculable self-destruction, from every kind of war, deliver us.
From sins against human life of man from its very beginning, deliver us.
From violence, especially against the innocent, deliver us.
From hatred and from the demeaning of the dignity of the children of God, deliver us.
From every kind of injustice in the life of society, both national and international, deliver us.
From readiness to trample on the commandments of God, deliver us.:
From attempts to stifle in human hearts the very truth of God, deliver us.
From sins against the Holy Spirit, deliver us, deliver us.
Accept, O Mother of Christ, this cry laden with the sufferings of all individual human beings, laden with the sufferings of whole societies.
Let there be revealed, once more in the history of the world the infinite power of merciful Love. May it put a stop to evil. May it transform consciences. May your Immaculate Heart reveal for all the light of hope and the universal Kingship of your Incarnate Son, Lord for ever and ever.