The people of Ireland were consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the Feast of the Annunciation of Our Lord for protection against the Coronavirus.

The Primate of All Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin, joined with bishops and priests from all over the island at noon for the moment of Consecration.

People were invited to join in a moment of prayer with their families or as individuals.

The Consecration also coincided with Pope Francis’ invitation to people all over the world to pray the Lord’s Prayer at 12pm Rome time on Wednesday.

Speaking about the Act of Consecration, Archbishop Martin said, “As a Church now, more than ever, we are committed to offering prayer, solidarity and compassion in our society.   In these trying days, while humanity trembles due to the thread of the pandemic, I would like to propose to all Christians that together we lift our voices towards Heaven.”

The Archbishop praised Pope Francis’ strong pastoral leadership “at this horrendous time especially when we consider the impact that the rapid devastation COVID19 has wrought across Italy.”

You can watch an interview with Archbishop Martin on the consecration on www.catholic.ie.

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