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Celebration of the National Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary OF OUR PEOPLE AND OUR BELOVED LAND AS “ISANG BAYANG SUMISINTA KAY MARIA”




WHAT:

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) declared in one accord, during its 106th Plenary Assembly last January 28, 2013, the holding of A Simultaneous National Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had asked all Dioceses,
Parishes, Schools, Institutions,  Families to offer solemnly a joint public act of entrustment to the Blessed Mother, Mother of our people and our country.
The Bishops will lead a nation-wide NATIONAL CONSECRATION by our people and our country TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY.



WHO:

ALL THE FAITHFUL – BISHOPS, PRIESTS, RELIGIOUS, LAITY 


WHEN:
on JUNE 8, 2013, Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, at 10:00 in the morning


WHERE:
in all the Cathedrals, Parish Churches, Shrines and Chapels in the respective 86 Archdioceses /Dioceses, Parishes, Prelatures and Apostolic Vicariates, Military Ordinariate.


WHY:
Realizing once more the need to invoke the loving guidance of our Mother, 
The Simultaneous National Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary aims
to implore the grace of conversion and reparation for us all in our country, 
to implore the grace for the genuine pursuit of integrity and justice, 
of true and lasting peace in our communities throughout our land,
On this YEAR OF FAITH, (2012-2013): 
which is a year of authentic Hope for our country and especially for the Church in our country. 


The Year of Faith offers for every faithful an opportunity to rediscover the Christian faith and intensify our efforts for a renewed integral evangelization (New Evangelization)


The Simultaneous National Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is done

On this ERA OF NEW EVANGELIZATION in preparation for the 500 Years of Christianity in our country (1521-2021): 

especially as the Philippine Church has embarked on a nine-year spiritual journey towards the great jubilee of the Fifth Centenary of the Christian Faith in our beloved land come the year 2021.

We move forward to the remembrance and celebration – in 2021 -- of the gift of the Christian faith-and-life to our people five hundred years ago. 


Growth in our MARIAN DEVOTION IN THE PHILIPPINES:
In 1975, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, in its Pastoral Letter entitled “Ang Mahal na Birhen”, detailed the place of Mary in the history of the Philippines and demonstrated how deeply the Blessed Virgin Mary is part of the Filipino heritage and identity. Indeed, Filipinos would always hold on to the devotion to Mary as a source of inspiration and an aid to salvation. 


Deeper understanding of our call as “PUEBLO AMANTE DE MARIA”:
The outstanding characteristic of the Church in the Philippines is to be “pueblo amante de Maria” – a people in love with Mary – Isang Bayang Sumisinta kay Maria (cf. Second Plenary Council of the Philippines, PCP-II, n. 153). Thus, it is always our dream and hope that we, as a Filipino nation, may not only grow in our devotion to Mary, but above all, may acquire a deeper understanding of Mary’s role in the Church in the Philippines. 

May Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the Church, look upon her “pueblo amante”, the 

Philippines, with a mother’s eye and guide it along the paths of justice, truth and love.


HOW:
CONVERSION in our lives from sin, 
SACRIFICIAL OFFERING OF OUR DAILY LIVES,
PRAYER AND PENANCE,
REPARATION for sin,
COMMITMENT IN PRACTICE TO THE GOSPEL AND ITS VALUES
Deepening of  FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE
Sacrifice and Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, 
The practice of “the First Saturdays”, ... 
The praying of the Rosary
The building of a civilization of justice, love and peace.

WE ASK MARY TO TAKE US
UNDER HER MOTHERLY MANTLE
OF LOVE AND MERCY,
TO INTERCEDE FOR US,
THAT WE MAY BECOME ONE PEOPLE
– TRULY ISANG BAYAN,
ISANG BANSA
– A GENUINE PEOPLE OF GOD
IN THIS PART OF THE WORLD.
LET US THEN OURSELVES TO THIS DAY OF CONSECRATION, 
ALL OF US, REALLY COMMIT 
TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY. 


LET US MAKE THIS DAY OF CONSECRATION KNOWN TO EVERYONE IN OUR FAMILIES, AMONG OUR FRIENDS AND ASSOCIATES; 


LET US WORK TO MAKE THIS DAY OF CONSECRATION 
A “REALLY SPECIAL EVENT” 
IN OUR COUNTRY IN THIS YEAR OF FAITH. 


LET US, EACH ONE OF US, MAKE IT OUR OWN PROJECT, 
UNDER GOD’S PROVIDENCE, 
AS IF IT ALL DEPENDED ON OUR PRAYER AND EARNEST EFFORTS. 


LET ALL THIS REALLY COME FROM OUR HEARTS, 
SO THAT OUR ONE PEOPLE, TRULY ONE THIS TIME, 
WILL TRULY GIVES ITS HEART TO OUR LORD AND OUR LADY, 
OUR HEART TO THE TWO HEARTS, 
AMEN. AMEN.


What the CBCP in its turn asks of all our dioceses and parishes –- that is, our Catholic faithful in the Church in the Philippines – to do and offer earnestly this coming 7-8 June 2013, is an act of consecration in this Year of Faith. 


This consecration of ourselves and our country, 


“in the spirit of Fatima,” is at this time to be our people’s earnest prayer, joined to the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the redemptive power of the Heart of Christ, 

Our renewed consecration of ourselves and our land to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary will then be a truly a “special event” in our history as a people of faith, as 

“pueblo amante de Maria, 

bayang sumisinta kay Maria”. 


“Isang bansa na naghahandog ng puso sa puso ni Maria”: 
a people giving its heart to the Heart of Mary. 


As our oldtime beloved hymn puts it: “El pueblo Filipino te da su corazon.”


To the Heart of Jesus, and to the Heart of Mary,
all of us Filipinos, on 08 June 2013, will cry out as “isang bayan”, one united people : 


“Jesus and Mary, we give you the offering of ourselves and our lives, 
this “bayang magiliw” we entrust to you. 
In Faith, Hope and Love, we give you our hearts!”