Let us pray to Our Lady of Fatima who, in inviting us to do penance, to pray and to convert, teaches us the logic of the Cross, the logic of the One who offered himself for others.

Let us pray to Her that the simple and wholesome truths of the Catechism, with its taste of home-made bread, may find an echo in our hearts and in our lives;

Let us pray that the meaning of the words of the Angel, who appeared in 1916, and the singular words of the Blessed Virgin, and likewise the example of Saints Francisco and Jacinta, and of Lúcia, may find a welcome within us and renew our everyday Christian life.

Into your hands Most Blessed Virgin, living Tabernacle of the Divinity, we entrust the renewed vows of our Baptism, forever renouncing Satan, his vanities and his works, and giving ourselves completely to Jesus Christ, Wisdom Incarnate, ready to carry our cross behind Him every day of our lives.

To You, O Blessed Virgin Mary, we abandon and consecrate ourselves:

  • our bodies and our souls,
  • our spiritual and material possessions and even
  • the value of all our good deeds, past, present and future,

entrusting to You the total and complete right to dispose of us and all that belongs to us, for the greater glory of God, through time and for all eternity.

We look forward to the triumph of your Immaculate Heart.


Adapted and Edited from Cardinal Piacenza’s homily given on Wednesday 14 September 2017 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima during ACN’s international pilgrimage to mark the centenary of the apparitions at Fatima and to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of Aid to the Church in Need.

This article can be found in Mirror 0717.