July 1st, 2017 - The Dominion of Canada was reconsecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Marian Devotional Movement's pilgrim statue pictured here at Notre Dame Cathedral in Ottawa. The back story - the 2016 discovery of the 1947 Marian Congress documentary depicting the first consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on June 22nd, 1947 (the crowning act of the Marian Congress according to Pope Pius XII) led to a conversation with the then Archbishop of Ottawa, Terrance Prendergast. This precipitated his conversation with his brother bishops leading to a decision to reconsecrate Canada not once, but twice in 2017. The first on July 1st, the 150th anniversary of the Dominion of Canada, and the second on September 26th, the Feast of the Holy Martyrs. And so began Our Lady of the Cape's reclaiming of her dominion. With this first step accomplished, her Blueprint to renew the universal prayer of the Church through the Rosary Confraternity, modelled after the Marian Devotional Movement's strategy to revive the Confraternity at the Cape first established in 1694, has begun in earnest with the release of the Bridge of Roses: The Story of Our Lady of the Cape; it was released in English on October 7th, the 450th anniversary of the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary and is scheduled to be released in French, Spanish and Portuguese on December 8th, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception who Our Lady of the Cape is fashioned after in recognition of the apparitions to St. Catherine Laboure in 1832. The majestic workings of our Queen over the millennia is poetic, purposeful and inspiring beyond measure. Surely, it will lead multitudes of conversions in response to the unleashing of a torrent of grace upon the earth - for this we pray daily!
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