On the Feast of the Annunciation, 25 March, the Columban community at Dalgan Park joined the Primate of All Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin, along with bishops, priests and the faithful in consecrating the people of Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for strength and protection from the coronavirus, Covid-19.
The Act of Consecration, Archbishop Martin said, was being undertaken during “these unprecedented and worrying days for us all” and as a gesture of solidarity and care with people as the effects of the pandemic makes itself felt across Ireland north and south.
Speaking ahead of the prayer initiative, Archbishop Martin said: “As Church now, more than ever, we are committed to offering prayer, solidarity and compassion in our society. Social distancing cannot be allowed to create social isolation.”
Fr Raymond Husband, Regional Director of the Columbans in Ireland, lead the prayer service in Dalgan Park in consecrating Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The consecration coincided with Pope Francis invitation to Christians around the world to “lift our voices towards Heaven” in these “trying days, while humanity trembles due to the thread of the pandemic” and to recite at the same time the Our Father.
Footage of the ceremony at Dalgan Park thanks to Columban Mission Images.