"May she who is the Mother of God and Queen of the Angels, continue to guide the whole Church in America," said Gomez. "May we keep in our hearts what she told us: that God has done great things for us, and His mercy is from generation to generation."
Across the border in Canada, bishops echoed the prayers for Mary's intercession on Friday, as they consecrated the Crown Dominion to Our Lady.
Earlier in the day, Archbishop Christian Lépine of Montreal praised Mary as the "model of holiness" and the ultimate guide for someone to emulate in their relationship with God.
Mary is "our model for living according to God's plan," said Lepine.
"Through the simplicity of her life, we can contemplate God's active presence in our life. Mary becomes a bridge, a channel between God and us. She prays with us and for us. Mary leads a simple life, but also a difficult one: Mary knows pain, and suffering."
Lepine described Mary as someone "immersed in life and its difficult moments," who can "understand our trials and give us the strength to hold firm, to be faithful, to continue on our path.
The date of May 1 was chosen for the re-consecrations as "May is traditionally considered a Marian Month," Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington said in a statement released ahead of a liturgy which he led from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. timed to coincide with Gomez's dedication on the other side of the country.
"We often have held special ceremonies declaring our love and devotion to the mother of God," Gregory said, and this year is no different.
At the consecration in Los Angeles, Gomez reiterated Pope Francis' suggestion that families should take time to pray the rosary together each day in May.
"So, maybe we can all offer this little gift to Mary in the month of May," said Gomez.
"Maybe we can dedicate ourselves to finding time to come together every day, to pray the Rosary in our families and in our homes."
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"And may Mary our Mother continue to help us to stay close to her Son and to trust in his love."
Christine Rousselle is a former DC Correspondent for Catholic News Agency. Prior to working at CNA, she was the managing web editor of Townhall.com; she has a BA in political science from Providence College.