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Archbishop consecrates archdiocese to Immaculate Heart of Mary

01 10.12.17_march.statue.IMG_5753 PAGECarrying a statue of Our Lady of Fatima, the faithful process through San Francisco city streets near St. Mary’s Cathedral during the Oct. 7 rosary rally and consecration of the Archdiocese of San Francisco to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The events were designed to mark the centenary of the Marian apparitions at Fatima, Portugal, and inspire renewed devotion to the Blessed Virgin among all Catholics in the archdiocese. (Photo by Debra Greenblat/Catholic San Francisco)

Outlines Our Lady’s ‘threefold recipe for peace and salvation’: rosary, penance, adoration

October 12, 2017
Christina Gray

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone consecrated the Archdiocese of San Francisco to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Oct. 7, telling thousands of pilgrims packed shoulder-to-shoulder in St. Mary’s Cathedral that “her heart is the gate of heaven.”

The consecration combined the celebration of the centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in 1917 with the archdiocese’s annual rosary rally procession.

Just as Mary had a special role in mothering God’s son, she has a special role in mothering each of us into life in her son, the archbishop said in his homily.

We don’t need Mary to point us to Jesus, he said.

“We know where he is,” the archbishop said. “He’s in the tabernacle, in the sacraments, in his word. He is present in the church. Rather, what we need is someone to pick us up and carry us to him, because we are too weak to get there on our own.”

“In her maternal presence, Mary is there to advocate for us,” he said.

Echoing the message delivered in a series of Marian apparitions a century ago near Fatima, Portugal, to shepherd children Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia, the archbishop outlined Our Lady’s “threefold recipe for peace and salvation” and included a call to action. He asked every Catholic in the archdiocese to pray the rosary daily, to observe Fridays as a day of penance with more serious and frequent recourse to the sacrament of reconciliation, and to participate in regular adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Soon after 8 a.m., buses carrying parishioners from churches throughout the archdiocese lined the parking lot as the faithful – many wearing the same shade of blue – streamed into the cathedral to pray the rosary’s joyful mysteries together.

 More than 1,500 pilgrims from Mission District parishes arrived together on foot in matching T-shirts, led by St. Peter pastor Father Moises Agudo.

 The archbishop, Auxiliary Bishop William J. Justice and a line of priests and deacons entered the sanctuary for 10 a.m. Mass to a bilingual “Immaculate Mary” processional hymn.  In his homily, the archbishop said Fatima’s supernatural aspect has overshadowed the message Our Lady came to offer.

“For 100 years we ignored the message of Fatima,” he said. “This next century can be radically different from the last one, but only if we heed the message and respond to the requests.”

The archbishop linked war, genocide and persecution of Christians and other religious minorities with gun violence, abortion, euthanasia, addiction and moral depravity, saying they result from the “spiritual disease” of worshipping the self instead of God.

He noted the massacre in Las Vegas on Oct. 1.

“We are living in a time and place of intense spiritual battle, and only in taking up spiritual arms will we alleviate the spiritual disease that is at the root of so much of the physical and mental suffering in the world today,” the archbishop said. “It is time to leave the sensational aside, and respond to the requests of Our Lady at Fatima.”

Following Communion, with the archbishop leading, worshippers processed from the cathedral behind a three-foot statue of Our Lady, marching through neighborhood streets and reciting the Divine Mercy litany.

When the statue was carried back into the cathedral, a small crowd on the church steps waved white handkerchiefs after her – a pilgrim tradition.

The archbishop then went before the statue on the altar, incensed the image and prayed the Prayer of Consecration with the faithful responding in Spanish and English. The prayer was adapted from Pope Pius XII’s Prayer of Consecration of the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1942 at the turning point of World War II.  “Queen of Peace, pray for us,” the archbishop said. “Give the world the peace for which all are longing.”

 

01 10.12.17_abc.consecration.IMG_5874 PAGEArchbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone blesses the Fatima statue during the consecration rite in the cathedral. (Photo by Debra Greenblat/Catholic San Francisco)

 

18 A10.12.17_good.agudo.group.smc.IMG_5229 PAGESt. Peter Parish, San Francisco, pastor Father Moises Agudo led a large group of pilgrims from Mission District parishes on a march to St. Mary’s Cathedral for the Oct. 7 rosary rally and consecration of the archdiocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. They joined pilgrims from other churches in the archdiocese in streaming into the cathedral to pray the rosary’s joyful mysteries together. (Photo by Debra Greenblat/Catholic San Francisco)

 

18 10.12.17_cresting.hill.IMG_5667 PAGEPriests and deacons crest a hill as they process toward St. Mary’s Cathedral for the consecration Mass. (Photo by Debra Greenblat/Catholic San Francisco)

 

18 A10.12.17_good.nuns.walking and praying the rosary along Van Ness. 7.30 am. with the group of parishioner of the churches of The Mission.zac.wittmer.credit PAGESisters join a group marching to the cathedral from the Mission District. (Photo by Zac Wittmer/San Francisco Catolico)

 

18 A10.12.17_good.OLL.IMG_5259 PAGEThe thousands attending the rosary rally and consecration Mass included a group from Our Lady of Loretto Parish in Novato. (Photo by Debra Greenblat/Catholic San Francisco)

 

18 B10.12.17_vignette.Fr. Juan Manuel. Confession in the Cathedral before the Mass of Consagración.lorena.credit PAGEFather Juan Manuel hears confessions in the cathedral before the rite of consecration. (Photo by Lorena Rojas/Catholic San Francisco)

 

18 B10.12.17_vignette.combo PAGEWorshippers pray during Marian devotions Oct. 7 in St. Mary’s Cathedral as part of the consecration of the archdiocese to the Blessed Virgin. (Photos by Debra Greenblat/Catholic San Francisco)

 

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