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On May 1, 2020, each bishop in Canada and the United States of America will consecrate their diocese individually to the Blessed Virgin Mary, to seek her protection for all the faithful, from the continuing Covid-19 pandemic. Priests, deacons, members of communities of consecrated life, families and individuals, are all encouraged to join their prayers in union with that of their bishop, in this consecration.
In the Archdiocese of Toronto, Cardinal Collins will be praying the Consecration to Mary on May 1 at the end of his 7:30 a.m. livestreamed Mass, before the final blessing. All are invited to join Cardinal Collins in praying the Consecration to Mary at the same time, as they view his livestream, available at: www.stmichaelscathedral.com/live Alternatively, the prayer may be said at any other time of the day on May 1.
The statement from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on this matter can be found at: www.cccb.ca – the conference has indicated that the prayer will be posted in the coming days and we will also post this information on the Spiritual Resources tab on our website at: www.archtoronto.org/covid19
PRAYER OF CONSECRATION
Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church,
in this time of pandemic, we turn our gaze to you, and in Christ consecrate to you the faithful of our Diocese/Eparchy together with all the people of Canada.
At the Annunciation,
fear gave way to trust as you embraced the mysterious and loving plan of God, who through his providence, care and concern brought about newness of life in you and through you.
Intercede, we pray, on our behalf as your children, Virgin most faithful.
Grant us faith, hope and perseverance, as we strive to serve and bear witness to all persons, responding to the needs of those affected by this virus.
Standing at the foot of the Cross at Calvary,
you united yourself with the sufferings of Christ and so uniquely contributed to the mystery of our redemption.
We beseech you as Health of the sick, draw to yourself in maternal compassion the brothers and sisters of your Son Jesus and all those who are grieved by this pandemic.
Strengthen the dying and comfort those who weep so that all may experience the healing grace of Christ our Divine Physician.
At the Cenacle, after the Resurrection,
you accompanied the Apostles with prayer for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
In your maternal care as Consoler of the afflicted, accompany healthcare professionals, all who minister to the sick and those who seek a cure to end this pandemic, that the Holy Spirit may renew the face of the earth.
To all of us, dearest Mary, Mother of all the living,
be present and show forth your tenderness, as we raise our eyes to you who shines forth before the entire community as a merciful and compassionate companion on our journey. Time and time again, with burdens weighing heavily on their hearts and in their many necessities, the Christian faithful have sought refuge under your mantle of protection.
Come quickly to our aid at this time, Mother of Mercy, and deliver us from the dangers that surround us in our hour of need; watch over especially the elderly, the weak and the infirm, our children and the unity of our families, and all those who give of themselves selflessly in pastoral care to those in need until in your arms and in your gentle embrace we all find safety and solace.
All Public Masses (Weekday and Weekend) are cancelled.
Cardinal Thomas Collins has granted the faithful Dispensation from their Sunday Obligation.
Please see Archdiocese of Toronto website for more information, updates and ways to support your parish
during this time at www.archtoronto.org/covid19
The Faithful will be able to watch, via Livestream, a mass which will be celebrated everyday at 7:30am at St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica, which will be followed by the Angelus and Rosary. The Cardinal will personally celebrate this mass as much as possible.
This Mass, Rosary and Angelus will also be available on the Archdiocese of Toronto YouTube Channel for those who cannot join at 7:30am. They can be accessed by clicking on the above link. These Masses and prayers will be offered for the intentions of everyone as we go through these trying times. In addition, Mass will be broadcast daily on Salt & Light Catholic Media Foundation, Vision TV (Daily TV Mass) and EWTN
For any other questions please call me at the office. I ask that during this time you refrain from coming to the office, but I am here to answer questions over the phone or by email.
While this is a painful moment in the life of the Church to take these extreme measures, we pray that they will aid in combating the pandemic that has affected so many in our own community and around the world.
Once again, we pray for those suffering and for those who are caring for the sick. We are facing many trial during our Lenten journey this year. We take these to prayer, and look for opportunities to be the face of Jesus to all those whom we encounter. May God continue to bless you.
Thomas Cardinal Collins
Archbishop of Toronto