Thursday, December 8, 2011

Mary Immaculate And America



"My children, it is only because many years ago you consecrated your country to Me that you have not received the destruction that is gradually coming closer to you from the outside world. But if you turn from Me now I no longer will be able to shield you."
 ~Our Lady, July 1, 1971

The above quote is from a private revelation (not sure to whom) and while we do not need to believe in private revelations, these words seem to ring very true for us today.
 In 1846,the first Council of Baltimore formally declared the Blessed Virgin Mary conceived without sin, the patroness of the United States. This formal declaration came eight years before Pope Pius IX declared the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.
We in this country need to turn to Mary. As patroness of this country she is also a protector. This country comes closer every day to the destruction referred to in the quote. 
Our Lady's sole desire is to bring us closer to her Son. If we turn to her, she will surely do this, not just individually but as a nation.
We pray to our patron saints for guidance and protection in our lives. Let us pray, as one nation under God, to Our Lady under the title of the Immaculate Conception for guidance and protection. She will lead us to Jesus who is our ultimate Savior and Protector.

Prayer Entrusting the United States to Mary Immaculate
Most Holy Trinity, we put the United States of America into the hands of Mary Immaculate in order that she may present the country to you. Through her we wish to thank you for the great resources of this land and for the freedom which has been its heritage. Through the intercession of Mary, have mercy on the Catholic Church in America. Grant us peace. Have mercy on our President and on all the officers of our government. Grant us a fruitful economy, born of justice and charity. Have mercy on capital and industry and labor. Protect the family life of the nation. Guard the precious gift of many religious vocations. Through the intercession of our Mother, have mercy on the sick, the tempted, sinners—on all who are in need.
Mary, Immaculate Virgin, our Mother, patroness of our land, we praise you and honor you and give ourselves to you. Protect us from every harm. Pray for us, that acting always according to your will and the will of your divine Son, we may live and die pleasing to God.
Amen.
(Excerpt from a prayer attributed to Archbishop John Carroll, first bishop of the United States)

7 comments:

Daily Grace said...

Oh Karinann, I love this so much that I am going to share it on my page this afternoon. Thank you and God Bless!

Karinann said...

Thanks DG~Glad it touched you.
God bless.

Michael said...

A scary revelation for sure.

Thanks for the reminder that we must turn to our patroness, now and always.

God Bless.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

St George is the Patron Saint of England, Andrew of Scotland, David of Wales, and Patrick of Ireland. I wonder how many people in the UK know anything about them!

God bless.

noreen said...

Beautiful prayer! If others only realized that Our Lady's desire is not a selfish one... she doesn't want us to worship her but bring us closer to her son, our world could be a better place!

Karinann said...

Victor, Probably more than you think considering this American knows about Sts George, Andrew and Patrick. I didn't know about David though :)

I agree Noreen.

Barbara Schoeneberger said...

That is such a beautiful prayer. In my St. Andrew Missal for the Traditional Mass there is an abridged prayer by Archbishop Carroll for the American Government and another for the monarch of England.

I'm glad your wrote about that private revelation. It rings very true. We cannot doubt that God loves us, but we have to do our part to encourage others to turn to Him.

Thanks for my saint of the year. My parish library has the two volumes of her life and I'm reading the first one now. Very inspiring.

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.