Australia to be entrusted to Mary’s loving care

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Australia to be entrusted to Mary’s loving care

As Tasmanian Catholics gradually return to churches around the state, Australia’s Catholic bishops are entrusting the nation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, under the title of Our Lady Help of Christians.

The bishops made the decision at their plenary meeting in May, which was held via video conferencing due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Bishops around Australia will take part in the entrustment either this Sunday, May 24, or on Monday, May 25 – the date to which the solemnity of Our Lady Help of Christians has moved due to the feast of the Ascension of the Lord.

The entrustment particularly seeks the intercession of Mary for the safety of people in this time of pandemic.

Mary, under her title Our Lady Help of Christians, is patroness of Australia along with St Mary of the Cross MacKillop.

Archbishop Julian will take part in the entrustment of Australia to Our Lady at the 10.30am Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral in Hobart. The Mass will be live streamed on the Archdiocese of Hobart’s YouTube channel.

The national entrustment follows the consecration of Tasmania to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by Archbishop Julian in 2017.

In a statement following the May plenary, the Australian bishops noted that Pope Francis had urged Catholics to look to Mary the mother of Jesus to intercede for them ‘at this time of affliction’.

It read in part: “…to Mary we will entrust our homeland … looking to a mother’s unfailing love. May she who is Health of the Sick and Help of Christians pray for us now, that we may see Jesus with her eyes, the eyes of Easter, and love him with her heart, which is the heart of faith…”

The bishops acknowledged Australia’s suffering due to COVID-19, noting that it had not been as severe as other countries.

“For that we thank God and we congratulate public health authorities and governments on their prompt and prudent responses,” the bishops said.

“Australians in general have also shown the solidarity and good sense, the generosity and kindness needed in such a time. In our healthcare workers particularly we have seen an exceptional spirit of self-sacrifice, and for that we are all grateful.”

The view the live streamed Mass at 10.30am from St Mary’s Cathedral, click here