On this second anniversary of episcopal ordination, I give thanks to God for the People of God of this local Church of the Diocese of Cheyenne. Today seems an appropriate time to remind our people of the two prayers of consecration to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts. I closed my recent pastoral letter with these prayers, and encouraged their use among our families and parishes. Please, on this anniversary, I ask the readership of the blog to pray for our local Church.
God bless all of you; God bless our Universal Church.
Prayer of Consecration to the Sacred Heart
Dear Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look upon Your people.
We are Yours and Yours we wish to be;
We desire an intimate communion with You. Look upon us as we freely consecrate our self to Your most Sacred Heart.
Many, indeed, have never known You;
many too, despise Your precepts, and have rejected You.
Have mercy on them, most merciful Jesus,
and draw them to Your Sacred Heart.
You are King, O Lord,
not only of the faithful who have never forsaken You, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned You; grant that they may quickly return to Your Father’s house, where they may enjoy Your Truth and Your Love.
Be present to those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof, and call them back to Your truth and unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one shepherd.
Lord,Grant to Your Church,
assurance of freedom and safety,give peace and order to all nations,
and make the earth resound with one cry:
Praise to You, Most Sacred Heart, Who achieved our salvation;
to You be glory and honor forever and ever.
Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
As the Father has chosen you, O Mary, To be His Immaculate Child, Joseph’s spouse, and the Mother of His beloved Son, And of the whole Church,
So we choose you this day as Mother, To guide our lives;
And we consecrate to you our souls and our bodies,
And all that we do and all that we have, without exception.
Help us in union with your Spouse, the Holy Spirit, to receive the Father into the depths of our hearts, the place of communion and discernment.
Help us to stay in communion with your Son’s mysteries, especially the mystery of His spousal gift.
Intercede for us, so that Jesus might live this mystery again in us.
Pray that we might become obedient sons and daughters,
Eager to do only the will of our loving Father.