We had a fiesta at our parish yesterday...in honour of Our Lady..and today we celebrate the solemnity of Our Lady Help of Christians...With Mass, reading some of our Pictorial History of the Catholic Church in Australia, baking Nigella's Chocolate Fudge cake, and the consecration below. Oh, and I'm doing Kumon and the kids are playing computer, doing Maths and Chemistry. And we are all working at Kumon today...
A statue of Mary, Help of Christians, stands in the Chapel of the Sacred Heart, St. Mary's Cathedral, here in Sydney. It was donated in the 19th century. Our Lady , Help of Christians is Patroness of Australia and the Cathedral was dedicated in her honour by the Irish pioneer priest, Fr. John Therry who arrived in Sydney in 1820. Fr. Therry had responsibility for the planning and initial construction of the Cathedral. The foundation stone was laid in October 1821 by the Governor of the ( then) Colony of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie.
Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
O Mary Help of Christians, Patroness of Australia, Mother of Mercy, Queen of Heaven and earth, refuge of sinners, we consecrate ourselves to thine Immaculate Heart.
To thee we consecrate our country, our families, our hearts, our souls and all that we have.
And in order that this consecration may be truly effective and lasting, we renew today the promise of our Baptism and Confirmation; we undertake to live as good Christians -faithful to God, the Church and the Holy Father. We desire to pray the Rosary, partake in the Holy Eucharist, attach special importance to the first Saturday of the month and work for the conversion of sinners. Furthermore we promise, O most holy Virgin, that we will zealously spread devotion to thee, so that through our consecration to thine Immaculate Heart and through thine own intercession, the coming of the Kingdom of Christ in the world may be hastened. Amen