Archbishop Bernard Hebda invites the faithful of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, priests, deacons, consecrated women and men and all people of good will to join him and Bishop Joseph Williams for a special Holy Hour and Consecration. The event will occur simultaneously with Pope Francis’ prayer for peace, and consecration of Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which will take place during the Celebration of Penance at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
From the consecration prayer by Pope Francis:
Holy Mary, Mother of God, hear our prayer.
Star of the Sea, do not let us be shipwrecked in the tempest of war.
Ark of the New Covenant, inspire projects and paths to reconciliation.
Queen of Heaven, restore God's peace to the world.
Eliminate hatred and the thirst for revenge and teach us forgiveness.
Free us from war, protect our world from the menace of nuclear weapons.
Queen of the Rosary, make us realize our need to pray and love.
Queen of the Human Family, show people the path to fraternity.
Queen of Peace, obtain peace for our world.
Let us pray for the people in Ukraine,
and in all war zones of the world,
for those who have fled the dread of violence
and have been deprived of their homes,
for all women and men who stand up with their lives
to ward off evil and to protect the weak and the persecuted.
Almighty and eternal God,
you have compassion for the lowly and the poor,
but you throw down oppressors.
As you guided Israel out of slavery in Egypt,
so in our days save all victims of war and violence.
Change the hearts of evildoers,
and let peace be victorious.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen