(CNSNews.com) –– On Dec. 8, Catholics in the Golden State will hold public ceremonies at churches throughout the state, and openly along the coastline, to consecrate California to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, and to pray to God to spare California from the “just punishment” it deserves “from killing our unborn, sick, elderly, unwanted and for the violence, sex abuse, drugs, alcoholism, and sex trafficking we commit to others.”
The public prayers will also call on God to protect California “from natural disasters and war” and defeat “the whole Culture of Death.” Although it is a Catholic event, everyone is welcome to participate.
The event, organized by BVM Blue Mantle (consecratecalifornia.com), is supported by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Santa Rosa Bishop Robert Vasa, the Knights of Columbus, Jackie Francis, Jesse Romero, Fr. Chad Ripperger, Catholic Answers, Lila Rose, and numerous other Catholic leaders and organizations.
The event starts at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. People are invited to gather at the parishes participating or to stand “near the California coastline, parallel to the San Andreas Fault.” At 12:30 p.m., people will walk to a designated location by an event coordinator and then at 1:00 p.m. people will pray the Rosary, then the Prayer of Consecration, and then the Closing Prayer.
The Prayer of Consecration is: “Most Holy Trinity: Our Father in Heaven, who chose Mary as the fairest of your daughters; Holy Spirit, who chose Mary as your spouse; God the Son, who chose Mary as your mother; in union with Mary, we adore your majesty and acknowledge your supreme, eternal dominion and authority.
“Most Holy Trinity, we put the United States of American, and particularly, the State of California, into the hands of Mary Immaculate in order that she may present the country and our State to You. Through her we wish to thank you for the great resources of this land and for the freedom, which has been its heritage. Through the intercession of Mary, have mercy on the Catholic Church in America. Grant us peace.
“Have mercy on our president and on all the officers of our government. Grant us a fruitful economy born of justice and charity. Have mercy on the capital and on industry and labor. Protect the family life of the nation. Guard the innocence of our children. Grant the precious gift of many religious vocations. Through the intercession of our Mother, have mercy on the sick, the poor, the tempted, sinners – on all who are in need.
“Mary, Immaculate Virgin, our Mother, Patroness of our land, we praise you and honor you and give our country and ourselves to your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. O Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pierced by the sword of sorrow prophesized by Simeon, save us from degeneration, disaster and war. Protect us from all harm. O Advocate, pray for us, that acting always according to your will and the Will of your Divine Son, we may live and die pleasing to God. Amen.”
The ceremony will also include a Prayer of Offering that partly states, “In this way we hope to be spared the just punishment for our souls that our State deserves from killing our unborn, sick, elderly, unwanted and for the violence, sex abuse, drugs, alcoholism, and sex trafficking we commit to others.
“Please, Blessed Mother, protect our State from natural disasters and war. Intercede to defeat and claim victory over the whole Culture of Death, worldliness, and help us to bring back God and the concept of family in our life, so we learn to live God’s commandments and to love our Neighbor in our everyday life.
“Please touch the minds and hearts of those on the Supreme Court, as well as all the people of this land; that all may see what horror has been done to our young. Please, Advocate of God’s Children, intercede that our message may spread far and wide, so that all may work for the protection of the unborn, elderly, sick and unwanted.
“Please petition your Divine Son on our behalf to protect our nation from all harm and to move us to reform those ways which are contrary to His law so that His glory may be greatly manifested here on earth. Amen.”
A list of the Catholic churches currently signed up to participate in the ceremony can be found here.