Fatima. Heart. Consecration of Portugal (1931-05-13)
In November of 1928, for the feast of Christ the King, the Portuguese bishops already solemnly consecrated Portugal to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. As the continuation and natural completion of this first act the consecration of Portugal to the Immaculate Heart of Mary was proposed.
Act of consecration of Portugal to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
It was decided to consecrate Portugal to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on May 13, 1931. Cardinal Cerejeira pronounced the Act of Consecration in the presence of the apostolic nuncio, all the bishops of the country, before everybody and in the name of all.
The Shepherds chosen by Your Son to watch over and feed in His name the sheep He has acquired at the price of His blood — in this «Land of Holy Mary», whose name cannot be pronounced without pronouncing Your own — come today — as the official and consecrated representatives of their flocks, and in an act of filial «homage» (vassalagem) of faith, love and trust — to solemnly consecrate the Portuguese nation to Your Immaculate Heart. Take it from our fragile hands into Your own; defend it and guard it as Your own property; make Jesus reign, conquer and rule in it. Outside of Him there is no salvation.
We, the pontiffs of your people, feel a terrible storm raging around us, threatening to disperse and destroy the faithful flock of those who bless You because You are the Mother of Jesus. Afflicted, we stretch out our suppliant hands towards Your Son, as we cry out: «Save us, O Lord, for we perish!»…
Intercede for Portugal, O Our Lady, in this grave hour when from the East blow furious winds, bringing cries of death against Your Son and against the civilization founded on His teachings, deceiving minds, perverting hearts, and lighting the fires of hatred and revolution in the world. Help of Christians, pray for us!
Intercede for Portugal, Our Lady, in this troubled hour when the unclean waves of an open immorality, which has even lost the notion of sin, exalt the rehabilitation of the flesh in the face of the very Cross of Your Son, threatening to choke in this world the lily of virtue nourished by the Eucharistic Blood of Jesus. Virgin most Powerful, pray for us!
Intercede for Portugal, Our Lady, in this hour of passions and doubts when even the good run the risk of being lost… Unite all the Portuguese people around Your Son, in the love of the Church and also in the cultivation of virtue, in respect for order and fraternal charity. Queen of Peace, pray for us!
Remember finally, Patroness of our country, that Portugal once taught so many lands to proclaim You blessed among all women. In remembrance of what it once did for Your glory, Our Lady of Fatima, save it, by giving it Jesus, in Whom it will find Truth, Life, and Peace!