On 11 January this year, Pope Francis blessed six statues of Our Lady of Fatima to be brought to each continent, to appeal for prayer and reparation for world peace and to promote the sanctity of family life in our world. One of the statues blessed on that day will be brought to Armagh on Friday 3 March by representatives of the Alliance of the two Hearts.
The statue will arrive at the main gates of St Malachy’s Church on the Friday evening and there will be a short procession around the Church during which time the Rosary will be prayed. The Statue will be received by Archbishop Eamon Martin at the beginning of the 7.30pm Mass on the evening. There will be a Holy Hour after the Mass, to pray for healing for victims of abuse and there will be an opportunity for people to come and pray before the statue up and until 12midnight.
The Statue will be brought on the Saturday morning to St Patrick’s Cathedral for the First Saturday Devotions. Confessions begin at 9.15am, Mass will be celebrated at 10am and the Rosary will be prayed in Our Lady’s Chapel after the 10am Mass. Representatives of the Alliance of the two Hearts will lead prayers in the Cathedral at midday and there will be an opportunity for people and prayer groups to visit the Cathedral throughout the day to pray before the Centennial Statue.
Archbishop Martin will join for the 7pm Vigil Mass on the Saturday evening and before the end of Mass, homes and families will be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus and people will have an opportunity to enrol in the Brown Scapular. The special Statue will leave St Patrick’s Cathedral after the Mass on that evening.