Renewal of the Consecration of the U.S. to our Blessed Mother
On May 1, the bishops of the United States joined the bishops of Canada to renew the consecration of both nations to the care of our Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church. At 3 p.m. EDT, a special prayer service was led by Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the USCCB. More information is available here.
A local prayer service in the Archdiocese of Atlanta was led by our bishops at 2:45 p.m. EDT and can be accessed via the AoA livestream channel.
Rededication to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
On March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Bishop Ned Shlesinger, with and on behalf of Bishop Joel Konzen, our Archdiocesan Administrator, led the Archdiocese in a rededication to our patroness, the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Bishop Shlesinger celebrated a livestreamed Mass from the Chancery and prayed an Act of Consecration to Our Lady after the Mass. For individuals, there are various ways to prepare for an act of consecration to the Blessed Mother, in addition to ways of living this consecration daily. A consecration to Mary is understood ultimately as a consecration to Jesus through Mary. As an Archdiocese, we are encouraged to entrust ourselves more completely to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to her prayers and protection, that we may be more completely devoted to her Son Jesus and grow in deeper trust in Him.
Novena to St. Joseph
Bishop Joel Konzen, S.M., and Bishop Ned Shlesinger invited the Archdiocese to pray a novena to St. Joseph for his prayers and protection starting on March 19, the Solemnity of St. Joseph. If you were not able to join in that novena or would like to pray a novena now, below are the prayers that were used during the novena. The Litany of St. Joseph, in particular, is a fitting prayer to pray every day as a family.
To Jesus, through Mary, with St. Joseph: Jesus, all that I am and all that I have are Yours, through Mary Your Most Holy Mother, with St. Joseph her Most Chaste Spouse.
For families interested in learning more about a consecration to the Holy Family, see this website by the Knights of Columbus.