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Ireland consecrated to Immaculate Heart of Mary

Catholic World News - August 21, 2013

Following a decision by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Ireland was consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at Knock Shrine on August 15.

The Mayo News reported that the consecration attracted the largest crowds to Knock, Ireland’s national Marian shrine, since Blessed Teresa of Calcutta’s visit in 1993.

“To Jesus, through Mary! Those were the words which St. Louis Grignion de Montfort used when he promoted consecration to Mary’s Immaculate Heart,” preached Archbishop Eamon Martin, Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh.

“Today, inspired by those words, we entrust ourselves completely to Mary and implore her intercession to help us keep our baptismal commitments and live as her children,” he continued. “Led by our cardinals, bishops and priests, in consecrating ourselves, our families, homes, dioceses and Ireland our country to Jesus through Mary’s Immaculate Heart, we are placing ourselves under her protection and asking for her maternal blessing.”

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