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Parish Prayer for the Consecration of Canada to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary on July 1, 2017

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Blessed Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the Church, when the first Christian believers came to these shores, they planted a Cross made of the fresh timber of the New World as a sign of their faith in your

Son and the power of his Resurrection. Furthermore, they placed their lives under your maternal protection and honoured you as the Immaculate Conception. With full confidence we come before you today giving thanks to God on the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. Assembled in the communion of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we commit the past, the present and the future of Canada to your maternal care, and we consecrate our country and all its people to your Immaculate Heart. Holy Mother of God, we find ourselves at a crossroads in our history. Help us, as Catholics, to live in peace with all people of good will and to dialogue with respect and friendship. Loving Mother, help us to uphold religious freedom in Canada and the natural rights of parents and families; inspire us to protect the unborn, to help the poor, the marginalized, and to give support to the infirm and elderly. Weighed down by our concerns, but hopeful for the future, we turn to you, the new Eve, Mother of all the living, for help and strength. Intercede for our country and for all our people, especially for the Indigenous Peoples, the first stewards of this land of Canada, and for all who come here to live, take refuge, or visit. May the Cross of your Son, planted in Canadian soil and Canadian hearts, be known as the Tree of Life; may its fruit be visible and available to all in the garden of this world. Holy Mother of God, we place our country Canada in the sanctuary of your Immaculate Heart for we know that there we will find Jesus, who lives and reigns with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.