This year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the appearance of Our Blessed Mother, Mary, to the children in Fatima, Portugal. Throughout our diocese this weekend all Catholic parishes will be praying the Prayer of Consecration to Our Lady of Fatima. Here is a version of the prayer to include in your devotions as well.
Hail, Mother of the Lord,
Virgin Mary, Queen of the Rosary of Fatima!
Blessed among all women,
you are the image of the church dressed
in the Easter light,
you are the honor of our people,
you are the triumph over the mark of evil.
Prophecy of the Father's merciful love,
teacher of the Son's Good News,
sign of the Holy Spirit's burning fire,
teach us, in this valley of joys and sorrows,
the eternal truths
that the Father revealed to the little ones.
Show us the strength of your protective mantle.
In your Immaculate Heart,
be the refuge of sinners
and the path that leads to God.
United with my brothers and sisters
in faith, hope and love,
I give myself to you.
United with my brothers and sisters,
I consecrate myself to God,
O Virgin of the Rosary of Fatima.
And finally, wrapped in the light
that comes from your hands,
I will give glory to the Lord
for ever and ever. Amen.