Act of Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
On Friday March 25, 2022, on the Feast of the Annunciation, Pope Francis consecrated Russia and
Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of the Mother of God. This consecration was made as war was raging
in Ukraine, where it continues to rage since Russian forces invaded the country on February 24, 2022.
Catholics turned to the Mother of God on Her Solemn Feast with vivid hope for the consecration of
Russia and Ukraine and for God's great mercy.
In less than two weeks from the first announcement that the consecration would take place, there
was a rapid and fervent global response from Catholics. The Holy Father invited all the bishops to join
him in reciting, at the same time, the consecration prayer. Soon after, the Pope extended his invitation
to all priests and to all of the faithful. It was announced that on March 25, the Holy Father would
celebrate the Divine Liturgy and then recite the Act of Consecration at 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm CET
Around the world, bishops, priests, and the faithful united with the Holy Father in praying the Act of
Consecration for Russia and Ukraine on the Feast of the Annunciation. On that day, at St. Catherine of
Alexandria Parish, Fr. Conrad Dachuck offered two events to allow greater opportunity for parishioners
and friends to participate. At 12:00 pm—coordinating with the Holy Father’s Liturgy and consecration
prayer beginning at 5 pm CET—the parish held the solemn recitation of the Rosary with the reading of
Scripture. It was followed by the proclamation of the Act of Consecration by Fr. Conrad. At 7:00 pm that
evening, Fr. Conrad celebrated the Divine Liturgy honouring the Feast of the Mother of God and the Act
of Consecration was recited once again so that the faithful present at that time could spiritually unite
with the Holy Father’s consecration of Russia and Ukraine performed earlier in the day. All the faithful
who participated on this special day did so with heartfelt devotion and sincere hope palpably evident.
Most Holy Mother of God, save us.
O Lover of Humankind, have mercy on us.
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