As the conflict in Ukraine and Russia continues, Bishop David accompanied by Bishop Emeritus Peter joined with Pope Francis and Bishop’s from across in consecrating both nations to the Sacred Heart of Our Lady.
Explaining the consecration Pope Francis had written to Bishops earlier in the week saying
“This Act of Consecration is meant as a gesture of the universal Church, which in this dramatic moment lifts up to God, through his Mother and ours, the cry of pain of all those who suffer and implore an end to violence, and to entrust the future of our human family to the Queen of Peace”.
The consecration took place in Rome at 4pm UK time, however as many priests and people were at the Cathedral in the morning for the priestly ordination of Deacon Liam Castle, the consecration in our own diocese took place at 12.30pm.
As part of the consecration Bishop David prayed
Therefore, O Mother, hear our prayer.
Star of the Sea, do not let us be shipwrecked in the tempest of war.
Ark of the New Covenant, inspire projects and paths of reconciliation.
Queen of Heaven, restore God’s peace to the world.
Eliminate hatred and the thirst for revenge, and teach us forgiveness.
Free us from war, protect our world from the menace of nuclear weapons.
Queen of the Rosary, make us realize our need to pray and to love.
Queen of the Human Family, show people the path of fraternity.
Queen of Peace, obtain peace for our world.