The Consecration of
"I shall come to ask
for the Consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart...If people attend to My
requests, Russia will be converted and the world will have peace."
In the apparition
of July 13, Our Lady warned the three seers that if people did not stop
offending God, He would punish the world "by means of war, hunger and
persecution of the Church and of the Holy Father," using Russia as His chosen
instrument of chastisement. She told the children that "to prevent this, I
shall come to ask for the Consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart" and
promised that, by this single public act, Russia would be converted and peace
would be given to the world.
The Mother of God
cautioned that if Her requests were not granted, "Russia will spread
its errors throughout the world, raising up wars and persecutions of the
Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer and
various nations will be annihilated."
True to Her word, Our Lady reappeared to
Sister Lucy on June 13, 1929 at Tuy, Spain, when in a great and sublime vision
representing the Blessed Trinity, She announced that "the moment has come for
God to ask the Holy Father to make, in union with all the bishops of the world,
the Consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart. By this means, He promises
to save Russia."
When God sent Our
Lady to convey His command that Russia be consecrated, it seems clear that He
expected swift obedience from the Pope and bishops. The pastors of the Church,
however, chose to delay and, on August 19, 1931, Our Lord Himself appeared to
Sister Lucy in Rianjo, Spain and expressed His displeasure, saying "make it
known to My ministers that, given they follow the example of the King of France
in delaying the execution My command, they will follow him also into misfortune."
warning is a grave one indeed, referring as it does to His command, through St.
Margaret Mary Alacoque, to the King of France that he consecrate his nation to
the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The King chose to ignore the command and thus
condemned his dynasty and throne to the horrors of revolution, chaos and the
The Blessed Virgin's
request for the Consecration of Russia remains one of the most controversial
aspects of the entire Fatima Message. While several popes have undertaken
consecrations of the world since the request was made public (including Pope
John Paul II in 1982 and 1984), sadly, none of these have fulfilled the
specific requirements of Our Lord and Our Lady's requests. In repeated
visits to Sister Lucy, Heaven's King and Queen have insisted that it is Russia
(and Russia only) that is to be the object of this public act of
obedience and prayer. In addition, Our Lord and Our Lady have indicated that
the Holy Father is to be joined in the act of consecration by all the
Catholic bishops of the world on the same day and at the same time in their
respective dioceses. Interestingly, only Pope Pius XII's consecration of the
world in 1942 included substantial involvement of the bishops. Sister Lucy has
written that this imperfect act of obedience, while not fulfilling Our
Lady's Fatima request, nevertheless hastened the end of the Second World War,
thus sparing the lives of tens of millions of souls.
In response to
Sister Lucy's question why He would not convert Russia without the Holy Father
consecrating that nation to His Mother's Immaculate Heart, Our Lord replied
"Because I want My whole Church to acknowledge that consecration as a triumph
of the Immaculate Heart of Mary so that it may extend its cult later and put
the devotion of the Immaculate Heart beside the devotion to My Sacred Heart."
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