Mothers, your prayers are powerful. Our Church tells us, “To you [women] is entrusted the peace of the world” (Second Vatican Council, The Council’s Message to Women, Dec. 8, 1965). Let us unite in prayer for an end of war and for true peace.
The Vatican has just made this historic announcement:
Friday 25 March, during the Celebration of Penance which he will preside over at 5.00 pm in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis will consecrate to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Russia and Ukraine. The same act, on the same day, will be performed in Fatima by His Eminence Cardinal Krajewski, Almoner of His Holiness, as envoy of the Holy Father (Statement by the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni).
May we come together and pray this novena leading up to March 25th:
Preparatory Novena prayer for the Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary:
O Immaculate Heart of Mary, Holy Mother of God and our most tender Mother, look down upon the distress in which the Church and all humanity finds itself due to the spread of godlessness, materialism, and the persecution of the Catholic Faith, errors of which you warned in Fatima.
You are the Mediatrix of all Graces. Obtain for us the grace that all the bishops of the world, in union with the Pope, may consecrate Russia and Ukraine to Your Immaculate Heart on March 25, 2022. By this consecration we hope— as you told us in Fatima — that, at a time appointed by God, Russia will be converted, and mankind will be granted an era of peace.
We hope that by this consecration, the triumph of your Immaculate Heart will soon draw near, and the Church will be authentically renewed in the splendor of the purity of the Catholic Faith, the sacredness of the liturgy, and the holiness of the Christian life.
O Queen of the Holy Rosary and our most tender Mother, turn your merciful eyes toward the Pope, the bishops, and each of us, and graciously hear our fervent and trusting prayer. Amen.