Several thousand faithful gathered in Carfin, as the bishops consecrated their country to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
We consecrate Scotland to you: all that we have, all that we love, all that we are. To you, we give our minds and hearts, our bodies and souls.
Such were the terms of the solemn act read by the Scottish bishops on September 3, 2017 after a Forty Days of Preparation campaign.
Bishop John Keenan of Paisley explained to Catholic Herald that the laity had begun the initiative for the consecration: they had sent “continual letters” asking that Scotland be consecrated, in the spirit of the consecration of Russia Our Lady requested in Fatima one hundred years ago.
For the prelate, consecrating the country is a way of calling upon the only heavenly power that can enable us “to confront the powers of evil that threaten the Gospel in these turbulent times of aggressive secularism, confusing relativism and energy-sapping consumerism”.
Bishop Keenan added: “From today onwards that battle, at least in Scotland, is now Our Lady’s as well as our own and we can entrust to the Woman, Who crushes the serpent....It is not that we now expect an easy ride but, rather, new strength to take up the formidable challenges ahead with a real hope of victory.”
The Parliament's Request
Four parliamentarians lodged a motion calling on the Scottish Parliament to recognize the Consecration.
For the record, last February, the bishops of England and Wales also carried out a similar consecration.
While we cannot but rejoice at these initiatives full of piety and a spirit of faith, the victory of Our Lady can only come with a real return to Tradition and to the supernatural means that are part of the treasure of the Church, beginning with the restoration of the Catholic Mass, in its integral and fruitful rite, bearing the graces necessary to obtain the desired goal. He that wills the end wills the (right) means.