ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY / THE LIST OF COUNTRIES CONSECRATED TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY

O Mary, 
Virgin most powerful and Mother of mercy, 
Queen of Heaven and Refuge of sinners, 
we consecrate ourselves to thine Immaculate Heart.

We consecrate to thee our very being and our whole life; 
all that we have, 
all that we love, 
all that we are.

To thee we give our bodies, 
our hearts and our souls; 
to thee we give our homes, 
our families, our country.

We desire that all that is in us 
and around us may belong to thee, 
and may share in the benefits of thy motherly benediction.

And that this act of consecration 
may be truly efficacious and lasting, 
we renew this day at thy feet the promises 
of our Baptism and our first Holy Communion.

We pledge ourselves to profess courageously 
and at all times the truths of our holy Faith, 
and to live as befits Catholics 
who are duly submissive to all the directions 
of the Pope and the Bishops in communion with him.

We pledge ourselves to keep the commandments 
of God and His Church, 
in particular to keep holy the Lord's Day.

We likewise pledge ourselves 
to make the consoling practices of the Christian religion, 
and above all, Holy Communion, 
an integral part of our lives, 
in so far as we shall be able so to do.

Finally, we promise thee, 
O glorious Mother of God and loving Mother of men, 
to devote ourselves whole-heartedly
to the service of thy blessed cult, 
in order to hasten and assure, 
through the sovereignty of thine Immaculate Heart, 
the coming of the kingdom of the Sacred Heart of thine adorable Son, 
in our own hearts and in those of all men, 
in our country and in all the world, 
as in heaven, 
so on earth.

Amen.
* The Immaculate Heart of Mary is a devotional name used to refer to the interior life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, her joys and sorrows, her virtues and hidden perfections, and, above all, her virginal love for God the Father, her maternal love for her son Jesus, and her compassionate love for all people.
Scriptural basis
Chapter 2 of St. Luke's gospel, the evangelist twice reports that Mary kept all things in her heart, that there she might ponder over them. Luke 2:35 recounts the prophecy of Simeon that her heart would be pierced with a sword. The image (the pierced heart) is the most popular representation of the Immaculate Heart.
St. John's Gospel further invited attention to Mary's heart with its depiction of Mary at the foot of the cross at Jesus' crucifixion. St. Augustine said of this that Mary was not merely passive at the foot of the cross; "she cooperated through charity in the work of our redemption".
St. Leo said that through faith and love she conceived her son spiritually, even before receiving him into her womb, and St. Augustine tells us that she was more blessed in having borne Christ in her heart than in having conceived him in the flesh.
LIST OF COUNTRIES CONSECRATED TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
Countries consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Several nations have been consecrated by their respective bishops to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in particular:
Ecuador (1892)
Portugal (13 May 1931 - 13 May 1938)
Canada (22 June 1947 - 26 September 2017)
Poland (8 September 1946 - 4 June 1979 - 6 June 2017)
England and Wales (1948 - 20 February 2017, Card. Vincent Nichols)
Bolivia (12 October 1948 - 15 April 2018)
Spain (12 October 1954 - 25 May 2005)
Italy (13 September 1959)
Angola (13 October 1985)
Dominican Republic (25 September 2008, Card. Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez)
Philippines (8 June 2013, 4 May 2018)
Lebanon and Countries of the Middle-East (16 June 2013)
Ireland (15 August 2013, Card. Sean Brady)
Congo (4 February 2017, Card. Pietro Parolin)
Panama (9 March 2017, Abp. José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta)
Russia and Countries of Central Asia (13 May 2017, Card. Josef Cordes)
Scotland (3 September 2017)
Afghanistan (13 October 2017, fr. Giovanni Scalese)
Nigeria (13 October 2017)
Nicaragua (28 April 2018, Card. Leopoldo Brenes, Bp. Silvio José Báez Ortega)
Photo:A vintage holy card of Mary as the Mother of Divine Love. The original image is venerated in the church of San Crisogono in Trastevere, Rome.
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