In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Say: 1 Our Father… 3 Hail Mary… 1 Glory be to …

The Prayers:

  1. “O Mother of all individuals and peoples…”

 

You who were with your Church at the beginning of her mission, intercede for her that, going forth to the whole world, she may ever teach all nations and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.

 

  1. With these words, through which, together with the bishops of the whole world I greeted you in Rome, O Mother of God, Theotokos, on the solemn day of last Pentecost, I wish to greet you today, together with the bishops of the Church in Nigeria – the country that I am visiting during these days.

 

  1. And I desire to consecrate and entrust to you, Mother of the Church, in a special way, the Church in the land of Nigeria, just as on the day of Pentecost I consecrated and entrusted to you the Church among all nations and peoples of the earth: the Church and the world.

 

  1. In today’s consecration I entrust to you all those who live and work in this African continent, all of whom the heavenly Father has loved eternally in Jesus Christ and whom he wills to save through Christ’s blood shed on the Cross.

 

  1. O Mother of the Church! May the priests just ordained, sons of this land, “chosen from among men”, become for the good of everyone true “ministers of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God”. May they carry forward the apostolic work begun here by the missionaries some generations ago.

 

  1. The Word of God, through the action of the Holy Spirit, became flesh in your virginal womb.

 

  1. O Immaculate Virgin, Patroness and Queen of Nations of the World. You who implored us at Aokpe, Fatima, and … to pray the Rosary for ourselves and for the Souls in Purgatory. We humbly beseech you, O Refuge of Sinners, to keep us safe under your mantle of mercy.

 

  1. O Virgin most Powerful, grant that peace and tranquillity may reign in our land. Device in each Citizen of this Country, a clean heart and a clear conscience, for you are the mediatrix of all graces. Invite your most chaste spouse and the host of Angels-as you are the Queen of Angels, to bless and guard our land. Turn our gaze towards your only beloved Son, Jesus Christ and help us to lead our lives in accordance with His will.

 

  1. O Gate of Heaven, grant that we your Children and all those we raise in prayers to you, may you and your Son and all the host of Heaven on the last day, O Clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

 

Finally, it is worthy of note that for centuries, Marian devotions among Catholics have included many examples of personal and/or collective acts of consecration and entrustment to the Virgin Mary, with the Latin terms oblatio, servitus, commendatio and dedicatio having been used in this context.

Consecration is an act by which a person is dedicated to a sacred service, or an act which separates an object, location or region from a common and profane mode to one for sacred use.

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments clarifies that in this context, “It should be recalled, however, that the term “consecration” is used here in a broad and non-technical sense: the expression is use of ‘consecrating children to Our Lady’, by which is intended placing children under her protection and asking her maternal blessing for them”.

Consecration to the Virgin Mary by Catholics has taken place from three perspectives: personal, societal and regional, and under a number of different titles: the Immaculate Conception, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, or more recently to Mary, Mother of the Church.

Early in the 20th century, Maximilian Kolbe, called the “Apostle of Consecration to Mary”, began a vigorous programme of promoting consecration to the Immaculata.

In Catholic teachings, consecration to Mary does not diminish or substitute the love of God, but enhances it, for all consecration is ultimately made to God.

Theologian Garrigou-Lagrange designated personal consecration to Mary as the highest level among Marian devotions.

Pope John Paul II’s motto, Totus Tuus (totally yours), reflected his personal consecration to Mary. He thus consecrated the entire world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

May the word of God now grow and spread for the salvation of all the world. Amen.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.