Irish bishops led consecration of Ireland to Mary for protection from pandemic

The bishops of Ireland spearheaded by the Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin, consecrated the people of Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary today for strength and protection during the coronavirus pandemic.

People were invited to join the consecration, which will took place at noon on Wednesday, in a moment of prayer with their families or as individuals.

Bishops and priests led the consecration from their homes, cathedrals and churches across the country, a statement from the Irish Bishops’ Conference said.

All wishing to be involved were invited to join their local priest or bishop from their home, via webcam, to prayerfully participate in this Act of Consecration during these “unprecedented and worrying days for us all”.

The consecration also coincided with Pope Francis’ invitation to people all over the world in praying the Our Father with him at 12 noon Roman time [11am Irish time].