"We consecrate Scotland to you: all that we have, all that we love, all that we are. To you we give our minds and hearts, our bodies and souls. We willingly place at your service our homes and our families, our parishes and schools: we desire that all that is in us and around us may belong to you, O Mary, and may share in the benefits of your motherly care," the faithful prayed together.
In a video by Sancta Familia Media, posted to the Facebook page of the parish of the Holy Family in Mossen, several attendees said that the day was meaningful and beautiful, despite the rain.
"It surpassed my expectations, I thought it was a supernatural event," said Bishop John Keenan of Paisley.
"The people...turned out in great numbers and stayed through the pouring rain, and their faith and their prayers and their singing just got more and more triumphant. So a great day for Scotland, but the fruits of it - forever," he said.
Participant Matthew Sheppard told Sancta Familia that is was "definitely worth it...I'm soaked through...but it was incredible."
Father Matthew Carlin said he was also soaked but happy to have attended.
"The liturgy was beautiful...unfortunately I was sitting in the rain the whole time so I am soaking, but I didn't mind because it was so good to be here," he said.
There was also a motion in Scotland's Parliament to recognize the consecration, the Catholic Herald reported.
"That the Parliament recognises that Scotland's Catholic bishops will consecrate the nation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on 3 September 2017; understands that the bishops will pray for Scotland at the Marian Shrine at the Carfin Grotto, near Motherwell, asking that Scotland be energised with a renewed desire to seek the truth, and understands that at the same time they will pray for all parliamentarians and government, so that they will play their part in building a true civilisation of love and strive to create a place where all people are valued, a place where poor, lonely and marginalised people are not forgotten, and a place where people are free to practise their faith," read the text of the motion, which was supported by six representatives.
Several other countries have consecrated or renewed their consecrations to the Immaculate Heart of Mary during this anniversary year. At the beginning of his pontificate in 2013, Pope Francis consecrated the world and his papacy to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as well.
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