Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Patroness of the United States

Did you know that the United States of America has a Patron Saint? On May 17, 1846, under the title of her Immaculate Conception, Mary was declared by the bishops of the United States as the primary patroness of the entire country.

In honor of Independence Day on July 4th, we are providing you with an Act of Consecration of our country to Mary of the Immaculate Conception. It’s understandable to feel uneasy and overwhelmed when we hear the news or witness the direction our culture is heading towards. Nonetheless, as Our Lady of Guadalupe (another Patroness of the Americas) told St. Juan Diego, “Let not your heart be troubled…Am I not here who am your Mother?” and like any caring mother, Our Lady will listen to our requests!

This is an excellent opportunity to trust the future of our country to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.

An Act of Consecration to Mary as the Immaculate Conception

Most Holy Trinity, Our Father in Heaven, who chose Mary as the fairest of your daughters; Holy Spirit, who chose Mary as your spouse; God the Son, who chose Mary as your Mother; in union with Mary, we adore your majesty and acknowledge your supreme, eternal dominion and authority.

Most Holy Trinity, we put the United States of America into the hands of Mary Immaculate in order that she may present the country to you. Through her, we wish to thank you for the great resources of this land and for the freedom which has been its heritage. Through the intercession of Mary, have mercy on the Catholic Church in America. Grant us peace. Have mercy on our President and on all the officers of our government. Grant us a fruitful economy born of justice and charity. Have mercy on capital and industry and labor. Protect the family life of the nation. Guard the precious gift of many religious vocations. Through the intercession of our mother, have mercy on the sick, the poor, the tempted, sinners–on all who are in need.

Mary, Immaculate Virgin, our mother, patroness of our land, we praise you and honor you and give our country and ourselves to your sorrowful and immaculate heart. O Sorrowful and immaculate heart of Mary, pierced by the sword of sorrow prophesied by Simeon, save us from degeneration, disaster and war. Protect us from all harm. O sorrowful and immaculate heart of Mary, you who bore the sufferings of your son in the depths of your heart, be our advocate. Pray for us that acting always according to your will and the will of your divine son, we may live and die pleasing to God. Amen.

Prayer taken from the Book of Sacred Novenas from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.