The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has announced the consecration of the nation to the care of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The event will be held on June 12, her feast day.
According to Msgr. Bernardo Pantin, CBCP Secretary-General, the event was intentionally scheduled on the same date as Independence Day for an “added relevance” to the consecration.
The national consecration will serve as a reaffirmation of the bishops’ previous consecrations of the Philippines to the Blessed Mother. (Read: The Pope’s Prayer for the Immaculate Conception of Mary)
This comes after January 2014, when the bishops agreed that the consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary will be renewed every year on her feast day until 2021 — the year that marks the 500th Year of Christianity in the Philippines.
Like the recent consecration to St. Joseph, the national consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary will be led by Archbishop Romulo Valles, CBCP President, from the Davao Cathedral. The ceremony will start at 9:45 am. (Read: CBCP Releases ‘Act of Consecration to St. Joseph’ in 6 Local Languages)
Following the event, a Holy Mass in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will be celebrated simultaneously in different cathedrals and churches across the Philippines. It will be led by the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Valenzuela City at 10:00 am.
All the dioceses and churches will be linked up to the event on Facebook, radio, and television. Those who could not follow the national consecration may attend the consecration led by their local diocese or parish.