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Consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary (1945)
picture by Robert Kennedy
Our Lady of North Carolina, Sacred Heart Downtown raleigh
"On coming to the Diocese a little over five months ago, I discovered
that the Diocese of Raleigh had no diocesan patron. After talking the
matter over with the Right Reverend and Very Reverend Consultors, as
well as with a number of the Diocesan clergy, I petitioned His Holiness
Pope Pius XII to declare, by Apostolic Brief, Our Blessed Mother, under
the title of her Immaculate Conception, as the patron of this diocese.
I have just received a cablegram from Monsignor Alfonso Carinci,
Secretary of the Sacred Congregation of Rites, advising that His
Holiness has granted our request.
Although the eighth of December is a day for general rejoicing in America, since our country is dedicated to our heavenly Mother under this title there is an especial reason this year, and every year thereafter, for rejoicing on the eighth of December in the Diocese of Raleigh, for we have God’s own Mother under the title of her Immaculate Conception as our heavenly patron. In each church of the Diocese this day should be a day of general Communion of the faithful, especially of the children, and following the last Mass, or in the evening, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament should be given, during which the enclosed Act of Consecration should be recited. I ask all to pray fervently to Our Heavenly Mother for the gift of faith for those outside the Church."
-- Bishop Vincent Waters, December 8th 1945 (The Bulletin)