by DioceseofVenice | November 10, 2017 5:51 pm
Bob Reddy – Florida Catholic
This Advent, a time to prepare for the coming of Christ, the Diocese of Venice is called to come together to participate in a Diocesan-wide total consecration to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The “Diocesan Advent Journey to Jesus through Mary” will begin Nov. 21 and will culminate with the consecration itself in the parishes during the Liturgy on the fourth Sunday of Advent, Dec. 24. At the same time, Bishop Frank J. Dewane will consecrate the Diocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice.
“The focus of this effort is to unite the Diocese to Jesus and to one another through the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the greatest influx of grace, as well as to engage the faithful for their own edification and spiritual growth,” Bishop Dewane said. “By this Act of Consecration, we will confide the Diocese and all of its good works to Our Lady in order to fulfill more readily the will of her Divine Son for His Church. Let us come together under Mary’s maternal mantle of prayer in the joy of peace and God’s love.”
This consecration follows the structure of 33 Days to Morning Glory by Father Michael Gaitley, explained Diocese of Venice Director of Evangelization Joshua Mazrin. The shortened nature of Advent, Dec 3-24, necessitated beginning the consecration process on Nov. 21. While Father Gaitley’s book can be used by individuals, the parishes are being encouraged to form prayer groups to work together in preparing for the consecration.
“This will be our Advent program whereby we invite Jesus into our hearts through the Immaculate Heart of Mary and consecrate ourselves to Jesus through her,” Mazrin said. “Each parish will be consecrated as well as the Diocese as a whole!”
The timing of the consecration appropriately falls within the celebration 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Mary to the three shepherd children at Fatima in Portugal, Mazrin said. Significantly, Mary’s plea was for humanity to turn back to God with faith and repentance, and to pray fervently, especially the Holy Rosary, for mercy and peace.
A number of resources are being provided to help parishes plan and prepare for this consecration, including video reflections, Marian reflections and more. Prayers, teachings and reflections will also be provided to Directors of Religious Education as well as to Youth and Young Adult Directors. These materials will also be made available online at the Evangelization webpage at www.dioceseofvenice.org/evangelization. The faithful are encouraged to visit this site often between Nov. 21 and Dec. 24 as items will be frequently updated.
Source URL: http://dioceseofvenice.org/diocesan-advent-journey-to-jesus-through-mary/
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