Monday, 14 October 2013
Virgin Mother Mary,
Protectress of our Order, with trust we approach you.
We, your preachers, fly to you who believed in the words sent from heaven and pondered them in your heart. We stand close around you, who are always present to the gathering of apostles.
In you the Word was made flesh, that same Word which we receive, contemplate, praise together and preach. Therefore, under your guidance we today devote ourselves anew to the ministry of the Word. Furthermore, we declare to you that, hearing with you the Word within ourselves and anointed by the Spirit, whose sacred vessel you pre-eminently are, we are consecrated in the name of Jesus Christ to the evangelisation of the world.
With the eyes of your heart enlightened, you understood the mystery of the Word. Through you we, too, are able to perceive the presence of that same Word in the history of our time, so that we may finally contemplate him face to face.
Through you the Father sent his Son into the world that he might save it. Through you we will be powerful in the sight of your people, becoming witnesses of that truth which frees and of that love which unites.
To this Sanctuary where you are revered as Queen of Ireland we bring the needs of the Dominican Family, and here we ponder them and thus in the presence of God’s people, I consecrate the Dominican Province of Ireland and all our family to your Immaculate Heart.
Do you, Mother, give us strength and preserve the harmony of our family, so that what was begun by our profession may be brought to completion by our love for one another, for the salvation of the world and to the praise and glory of God.
Our Lady, Queen of Preachers and Mother of Mercy, pray for us.
Our Holy Father St. Dominic and all our Dominican Saints and Blessed’s, pray for us.
Very Rev. Gregory Patrick Carroll, O.P.
Prior Provincial of the Province of Ireland.
13th October 2013. National Basilica of Our Lady Queen of Ireland. Knock.