MANILA, April 5, 2013 – Admitting how Filipinos remain ‘a people in love with Mary’, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has decided to hold a simultaneous national consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on June 8.
Eager for Mary’s guidance, especially during the nine-year preparation for the coming 500th anniversary of Christianity’s arrival in the country, all bishops and priests will consecrate the Philippines to the Blessed Virgin Mary on June 8, at 10 a.m. in all dioceses, prelatures and vicariates.
In preparation for the consecration itself, catechesis on Marian consecration will be done in the dioceses, down to the parish levels starting May.
It will feature the 33-day preparation for consecration, as taught by St. Louis de Montfort, who also talked about how an individual’s personal consecration to Mary could be nothing else but a “perfect consecration to Jesus.”
Digos Bishop Guillermo Afable, Bishop of Digos heads the ad hoc committee to spearhead the national consecration, as designated by the CBCP Permanent Council.
The Episcopal Commissions on Liturgy and Social Communications and Mass Media, Amb. Howard Q. Dee of Bahay Maria- Assisi Development Foundation, Fr. Yulito Ignacio, and the CBCP General Secretariat will assist Bp. Afable in promoting and planning for the consecration and related pre-events.
The decision to have a national consecration was agreed upon by the CBCP during its 106th Plenary Assembly last January 28. [Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz]