The Vatican has sent the bishops a letter and prayer text for the consecration of Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which will be led by Pope Francis on March 25 at 5 p.m. At the same time, the Holy Father called on believers around the world to join in the ceremony. We bring the official Czech translation of the text of the act of consecration and the letter of Pope Francis to the bishops.
Posted: Mar 23, 2022 11:15 a.m.
ACT OF INTEGRATION INTO THE UNPROTECTED HEART OF THE VIRGIN MARY
Mary, Mother of God and Our Mother, we run to you in this difficult hour. You are the Mother, you love us, you know us and you know everything that is important to us. Mother of mercy, so many times we have experienced your care, your presence, bringing peace, because you will always lead us to Jesus, Prince of Peace.
We got lost on the way to the room. We have forgotten the lessons of the tragedies of the last century, the millions of victims of world wars. We have not kept the commitments we have made as a community of nations, we are betraying the desire for peace and the hope of nations and young people. We have become sick with lust, we have locked ourselves in our nationalist interests, we have hardened our indifference, we have paralyzed our selfishness. We loved to ignore God, live in our lies, feed our aggression, oppress human lives and hoard weapons. At the same time, we have forgotten that we are protectors of our neighbour, protectors of the common home of the world. By war we have ravaged the garden of the Earth, by sin we have wounded the heart of our Lord who wants to be brothers and sisters for one another. We have become indifferent to and against everything but ourselves. We timid with shame: Forgive us, Lord!
In the midst of the misery of sin, exhaustion and weakness, the mystery of the injustice of evil and war, you Holy Mother, you repeat that God does not leave us, on the contrary, he always looks at us with love, in the desire to forgive us, to help us up. After all, He gave You and created a refuge for the Church and for humanity in Your Immaculate Heart.
You were given to us by the goodness of God to guide us through the hardest twists and turns in history.
So we run to you, we knock on the door of your heart, you, your beloved children, whom you tirelessly pursue at all times and whom you invite to turn back. Come help in this dark hour and encourage us. Repeat to each of us: “Am I not there, your mother? You can break the chains of our hearts, tear down the walls of our times. We place our trust in you. We are sure that, especially at the time of rehearsal, you will not reject our pleas and rush to our aid.
So it was at Cana in Galilee, when you hastened the hour of Jesus’ intervention and showed the world his first signs. When the wedding feast turned to sorrow, you said, “They have no more wine” (John 2:3). Say again to God, Mother, because the wine of our hope has run out, joy has faded, fraternity has dissipated. We have sinned against humanity, we have destroyed peace. We have become capable of all violence, of all destruction. We urgently need your maternity help.
So, Mother, accept our request.
Starfish, don’t let us be wrecked in a storm of war.
The Ark of the New Covenant, be an inspiration for our projects and a path to reconciliation.
Earth Heaven, bring back the unity of God in the world.
Extinguish hatred, silence revenge, teach us forgiveness.
Free us from war, save the world from a nuclear threat.
Queen of the Rosary, revive in us the desire for prayer and love.
Queen of the human family, show the nations the way of brotherhood.
Queen of Peace, make peace in the world.
May your cry, Mother, touch our hardened hearts. May the tears you shed for us make this valley burnt by our hatred bloom again. Even if the clanking of weapons does not stop, may your prayer bring us peace. With your mother’s palm, touch all those who suffer, all those who flee in the midst of the bombardments. In the arms of your mother, you will please those who are forced to leave their home, their land. May your aching hearts awaken in us compassion and help us to open our homes to welcome the wounded and the rejected.
Holy Mother of God, standing under the cross, Jesus looked at the disciple who was standing next to you and said to you, “Here is your son” (John 19:26). He has entrusted each of us to you. He says to the disciple, and to each of us in him, “Behold your mother” (verse 27). Mother, we yearn to bring you into our lives and our history. Humanity, destroyed and troubled, stands under the cross with you. He wants to entrust himself to you, through you to consecrate himself to Christ. The Ukrainian nation and the Russian nation adore you with love, they run to you. For them, and for all nations destroyed by war, famine, injustice and misery, your heart beats.
Mother of God and Our Mother, we therefore entrust ourselves to You and consecrate to Your Immaculate Heart ourselves, the Church and all humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine. Accept our deed, which we perform with love and trust, let the war end, ensure peace in the world. Your “yes”, which you said from the bottom of your heart, opened the doors to the history of the Prince’s peace. We believe that peace will return through your heart. This is why we dedicate to you the future of the whole human family, the needs and expectations of peoples, the anxieties and hopes of the world.
Through you, may the mercy of God spread on earth and may the peaceful pulse of peace begin to beat again today. The woman who repeated your “yes” to which the Holy Spirit descended will lead us into divine harmony. You who are the vivifying source of hope, drink our thirsty hearts. You who formed the humanity of Jesus, make us builders of the community, you who have traveled our paths, lead us on the path of peace.
A Ukrainian translation is also attached.