Prayer for the Consecration of Canada to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary on 1 July 2017
Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the Church,
when the first Christian believers came to these shores,
they planted a Cross made of the fresh timber of the New World
as a sign of their faith in your Son and the power of his Resurrection,
placing their lives under your maternal protection
and venerating you as the Immaculate Conception.
You show us how to live a life free from sin in Christ Jesus and,
by our baptism, we hope to share fully with you
in the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
You have accompanied us
on our path through history, in times of peace, conflict, and reconciliation,
and as we arrived at a greater sense of unity and nationhood.
With full confidence we come before you today
giving thanks to God on the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation.
Gathered in the communion of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
we place ourselves completely in the sanctuary of your Heart
and commit the past, the present and the future of Canada to your maternal care. Amen