"May the Church Be Thus Renewed by Priests Who Are Holy"
It is with great joy that I find myself privileged to be with you tomorrow as you entrust yourselves to God during this year of discernment as Daughters of St. Philip Neri and in which you seek to consecrate yourselves as true spiritual mothers to all of God's children and especially to His priests. Therefore, with you and before God and St. Philip Neri I wish to entrust and consecrate myself to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Priests in order that I may more fully serve you, my brothers Oratorians and those God has given into my care.
in this place of grace,
called by the love of your Son Jesus
the Eternal High Priest, I,
son in the Son,
consecrate myself to your maternal Heart,
in order to carry out faithfully the Father’s Will.
I am mindful that, without Jesus,
I can do nothing good (cf. Jn. 15:5)
and that only through him, with him and in him,
will I be an instrument of salvation
for the world.
Bride of the Holy Spirit,
obtain for me the inestimable gift
of transformation in Christ.
Through the same power of the Spirit that
making you the Mother of the Savior,
help me to bring Christ your Son
to birth in my heart.
May the Church
be thus renewed and may I be made holy and
transfigured by the grace of him
who makes all things new.
Mother of Mercy,
it was your Son Jesus who called me
to become like him:
light of the world and salt of the earth.
through your powerful intercession,
never to fall short of this sublime vocation,
nor to give way to my selfishness,
to the allurements of the world
and to the wiles of the Evil One.
Preserve me with your purity,
guard me with your humility
and enfold me within your maternal love
that is reflected in so many souls
consecrated to you,
who have become for me and all priests
true spiritual mothers.
Mother of the Church,
I desire to be a pastor
who does not feed himself
but rather gives himself to God for others,
finding my happiness in this.
Not only with words, but with my life,
I want to repeat humbly,
day after day,
my “here I am”.
Guided by you,
I want to be an Apostle
of Divine Mercy,
glad to celebrate every day
the Holy Sacrifice of the Altar
and to offer to those who request it
the sacrament of Reconciliation.
Advocate and Mediatrix of grace,
you who are fully immersed
in the one universal mediation of Christ,
invoke upon me, from God,
a heart completely renewed
that loves God with all its strength
and serves mankind as you did.
Repeat to the Lord
your efficacious word:
“They have no wine” (Jn. 2:3),
so that the Father and the Son will send upon me
a new outpouring of
the Holy Spirit.
Full of wonder and gratitude
at your continuing presence in my midst,
in the name of all priests
I too want to cry out:
“Why is this granted me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Lk. 1:43).
My Mother for all time,
do not tire of “visiting me”,
consoling me, sustaining me.
Come to my aid
and deliver me from every danger
that threatens me.
With this act of entrustment and consecration,
I wish to welcome you
more deeply, more radically,
for ever and totally
into my life as a priest and son of St. Philip Neri.
Let your presence cause new blooms to burst forth
in the desert of my loneliness,
let it cause the sun to shine on my darkness,
let it restore calm after the tempest,
so that all mankind shall see the salvation
of the Lord,
who has the name and the face of Jesus,
who is reflected in my heart,
for ever united to yours!
Adapted from the Act of Entrustment and Consecration of Priests to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, prayed by Benedict XVI at the conclusion of the celebration of vespers with the religious, seminarians and diocesan priests at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Fatima (2010).