FROM THE DIOCESE OF HONOLULU:
On Friday, May 1st, Archbishop Gomez, USCCB President, will lead the nation in a prayer at 3:00 pm EDT (9 A.M. Hawaii time) on which he will re-consecrate the United States to Our Lady under the title of Mary, Mother of the Church. The Bishops of Canada, too, has chosen this day to offer prayers and to consecrate their country to Mary, Mother of the Church.
“This will give the Church the occasion to pray for Our Lady’s continued protection of the vulnerable, healing of the unwell, and wisdom for those who work to cure this terrible virus,” said Archbishop Gomez in a letter to the U.S. bishops. Each year, the Church seeks the special intercession of the Mother of God during the month of May. “This year, we seek the assistance of Our Lady all the more earnestly as we face together the effects of the global pandemic,” he continued.
Archbishop Gomez has invited the bishops to join in from their respective dioceses and asked them to extend the invitation to the faithful in their dioceses for their participation. Here in our diocese, Bishop Larry will guide us in the prayer of the rosary, follow with a rerun of Archbishop Gomez prayer service and finally the celebration of the holy Mass(on honor of the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, praying especially for those who have lost jobs or had their jobs severely curtailed) from the Cathedral Basilica starting at 6:00 p.m. Please see attached flyers with information of our local celebrations. Please use the attached flyers to help us promote in our diocese this event. We ask that you add them to your own parish/school/community websites and Facebook pages. We hope to have our whole diocese praying together to our Mother in Heavens. The live-stream from the Cathedral Basilica is available through https://hawaiicatholictv.com or www.facebook.com/HonoluluCathedralBasilica.
For more information on the live-stream of Archbishop Gomez prayer service, please visit, http://usccb.org/news/2020/20-65.cfm. For additional information and a link to the USCCB Facebook feed: https://lacatholics.org/consecration/ .
See in Spanish: consecration-usa-mary-mother-of-church-spanish
See 1MAY Schedule: consecration2
Note: This prayer entrusts the country to Mary, Mother of the Church, it does not change the fact that our official national patroness is Mary, under her title of the Immaculate Conception. Our national patronal solemnity remains December 8th.